Jailbird Contractor got out of jail in November, we have had a couple exchanges by email but he refuses to tell me where he is. Otherwise I guess you would have to cut the rest of the door off...or as koala suggests just remove the tile that messes up the door movement and patch the bottom of the door..sigh...don't you love po's ???Caroline. Push the tongue-and-groove connectors together on the ends of the planks. Even though I can see all the mistakes and flaws, in general it looks pretty good, and more importantly, I *love* working in it. It's really been amazing what a difference some window treatments have made. I loved the fabric and thought about it a lot before pulling the trigger on it. The house I grew up in was built in the 1920s and had fir subfloors. We used Ram Board ( http://www.ramboard.com ) to protect our install while the drywall work was getting completed. If installing your flooring directly onto a plywood subfloor, prepare the subfloor by sanding the joists carefully and grinding the high spots. http://youtu.be/jnYiw6wBhoQ For this job we removed the drywall around the perimeter so the hardwood could be installed under and still leave room for expansion. flatcoat: how did I miss your house ??? When a plank bridges a valley, the hollow spots can result in the floor sounding soft or "loose" wherever there are air pockets between the floor and the subfloor. I have a very severe allergy to mold so eliminating moisture, even at a cost increase is worth it. Does anyone have a sub-floor that they're using in the kitchen? Subfloor Leveling. It's just me and the dog, he is 55lb of manic labrador, and I have put him on a strict nailtrim schedule. Only about a quarter of the house (the addition built in the '50s) has subfloor underneath, the rest (built in 1900) doesn't, and looks like it never did. To keep the wide boards from cupping, you’ll face-nail them with cut nails driven through the subfloor and into the joists (Photo 18). Thanks for posting that the step up works fine in a real life situation. Thanks!! Hey all, I've got a question about laying a new subfloor over the existing plank subfloor. Here's mine, still going strong after 85 years: Yep, I have doug fir through the entire house. It looks like crap if not maintained and can really highlight imperfections in a floors levelness. Another told me to just paint this subfloor with the oil based sealer recommended and lay the click floor. I wasn't able to identify what type of wood it is, but I understand a lot of these plank subfloors from that time are softwoods like pine. The bevel was slight and since natural sunlight washes in the room in the same direction of the floors the bevels do not highlight any dust like they would if the floors ran North South. And your kitchen....wow...simply gorgeous and so warm and inviting. ;), Our fir is visible from the basement, so it sounds like we need to add insulation and/or tarpaper to it if it's going to become the primary floor. I finish, I will be able to post pics, but I have found something close to it here: http://www.ifloor.com/item_422958/cork-flooring/eurocork/cork-click-system-floating-tiles/sockeye-red.html, Thanks all---your floors are gorgeous, and make me want to stick with the fir even more! (and I have the scars to prove it, but that's a whole other story). I'm not a fan of the bevelled edge wood stock at all. Wood Plank Subflooring Wood planks were the traditional subflooring material used in homes built up to the mid-twentieth century. Things to take into account when laying ply over plank subfloors: They're the only ones that can't fall off no matter how you twist your pots.I posted a bunch of photos of my worn-in counters at the end of the DIY copper countertop thread. 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The manufacturer told me the luxury vinyl plank I was looking at was too thin (3 mm) to mount directly onto the 1-Step product, they require an 8 mm minimum floor or a plywood subfloor ontop of the subfloor. I know fir is a soft wood and that things like claws will scratch the finish, so we plan to have mats down at the door and in the sink/cooking area (as we do now), and are used to not loving our finishes too much since we have oak through the rest of the house. But in our case, we're coming from the other end of the spectrum---with the ceramic tile, we have about an inch upstep from the dining room into the kitchen, which in our old bungalow has the terrible side effect of meaning that the original swinging door doesn't swing anymore (only opens into the dining room). How should I install cbu ... have never had any problems even with large living spaces +16x 24 on the last one I did for my last house on the 2nd floor living room. Next, as to wood in the bath, it really doesn’t belong there. artemis78, the thing I wonder about is the level of flooring going from one room to the next and how that will be if you remove the ceramic tile and only use the subfloor. Or rather, my 1923 fir floor is the only floor ever installed in the house; there was thankfully nothing on top of it, which made refinishing much easier. The wood is so much nice. Flatcoat, those are GORGEOUS shades! A number of our neighbors have done this, and it's a beautiful look. We did batting insulation too. When a prospective kitchen designer was at my house, I was asking him about whether we could just take up the tiles and refinish the subfloor and use it as the kitchen floor, and he said that there would be a height differential between my DR and kitchen. You can google for a number of sources. We refinished them in several rooms and they looked great. Was it batting? I'm mostly concerned about actual weakness, structural issues, etc. JW. Another way to prevent getting this page in the future is to use Privacy Pass. When we pulled up our shag carpeting, we refinished our fir floors. Caroline. Haven't noticed any updates recently and was wondering how things were going. OSB performs as well as plywood, and it's just as smooth, if not smoother. Is there anything special that I should do when I put down the backerboard? It should be installed with the smooth side up, and the joints should be staggered for moisture control and stability. You need to make sure that the groove of one vinyl plank fits into the tongue of the other vinyl plank securely. We have 6" wide by 1" tall heart pine thresholds throughout most of the other downstairs doorways. They were spendy (due to fabrication costs - the fabric itself was very inexpensive), but in the two months they have been up, they have made me smile and given me joy every day. I am planning on installing tile in my utility room and there is a plank subfloor under the existing wood floor. :). For example, my dining room has a doorway into the kitchen, and the dining room has oak hardwood and the kitchen has ceramic tile. Other than that, I think refinishing a fir floor would be the bomb! We did a loft here in Vancouver with new fir floors and they came out perfect. I’m thinking I might try using stain instead of paint, but I’ll certainly do a trial plank first Im thinking that it might last longer with the stain sinking into the wood, seeing it will be a high traffic area. Koala, our dining room is quarter-sawn white oak with a mahogany greek key inlay---so while we want the kitchen floor to complement, we probably don't want to match it as far as style/cost goes. We, however, have retired our U. V. system in exchange for a system which allows us to vary finishes in a infra red/heat curing system. You can also do it in 2x2' or 2x4'. Well, I had a massive deadline, had to finish the house enough to have a huge family visit in October (I turned 40 ! This is not the case as the subfloor is on floor joists and not concrete, and the entry door has an 8′ porch over it so it takes a severe wind to drive rain or snow to the door. OT: sprengle, what kind of insulation did you install? Not that that helps a lot, since his nails grow wicked fast and when you're launching yourself at a toy, just about any nail left on his paw will scrabble at the floor and leave a mark. I have old plank subfloor installed at a 45 degree angle to the floor joists. This is an option that is typically NOT achieved easily in the U. V. finishes, mass production products. Completing the CAPTCHA proves you are a human and gives you temporary access to the web property. Since I am stuck in remodel hell, they have yet to be installed. It's a reason I love reading the threads here--they are from real people who speak from actually living in their spaces day to day. attached to using a subfloor as a primary floor. Fir is a softer hardwood and more easily scratched. Performance & security by Cloudflare, Please complete the security check to access. I wish I had never met him, and boy was I happy to see the end of 2008. Current Setup - Slab>vapor barrier>2 layers of plywood>hardwood floor In this setup - all the floor board are cupping and there are many soft spots (presumably where plywood rotted of the last 10 years) I was going to do the following to eliminate and moisture issues and Proposed setup - Slab>Seal slab (lithitek 8510)>Dricore R+>Plywood>vapor barrier where directed>hardwood or engineered hardwood. 2 Dec. preparing concrete subfloor for vinyl plank flooring. The 3/4-in.-thick solid plank flooring shown is milled with a tongue and groove. Cloudflare Ray ID: 600952c15fc9f2bc My meeting with the prospective KD was one of those times where when someone I think is a purported expert (him) says something and makes me wonder "gee, he's seen a lot of kicthens, he must know what's right". Not trying to armchair a solution, just trying to take a comprehensive approach to this. The tongue-and-groove pine flooring must run perpendicular to the floor joists. More than likely you will get cracks in a slab that thin but there are some things you can do to try and reduce the occurrence. “[They have] a color and character you can’t find in new pine,” she says. 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