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Old 12-21-2010, 04:29 PM   #1
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Sleeping beauty and her halfway new floor.

Interesting day! I decided to place a sub floor over the existing plywood, chose 1/4 in luan, pretty cheap stuff. Managed to lay a few sheets today, might rent a staple gun tomorrow, screws take too long! Hopefully, I can start laying the vinyl squares tomorrow as well. Here are some pics, enjoy!!

Oh, I knew tracing the curve for the sub floor to fit could be tricky, so I took the original trim peces of sorts and layed them on my piece to be cut, traced it and surprise, a perfect fit!!
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Old 12-21-2010, 05:17 PM   #2
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Sure would have been a good idea to put a good grade of water shield on that nice new plywood - both sides, and the floor it covers as well - might greatly head off future water damage from leaks or spills. Yeah, I know - gotta be careful to not compromise the adhesion of whatever you plan to go on top of that new plywood...

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Old 12-22-2010, 12:25 PM   #3
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Staples will pull out long before a screw, but now you know why the OEMs use staples.
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Unless you plan to lay down adhesive underneath that luwan, stick with screws, just get yourself a Porter Cable screw gun from Home Depot that belt loads, then you'll have that floor screwed down in no time.
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Old 12-28-2010, 06:01 AM   #5
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Might be late to this thread... but you could probably rent a floor type screw gun, sure would keep that subfloor from moving under that tile. Are tanks going on top of the floor?

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Old 12-28-2010, 09:14 AM   #6
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Luan is a pretty water-resistant wood. We used it in the freight trailers with no protection top or bottom. The bottom was exposed to the elements.
I have had a partial sheet outdoors for about a year in the elements with no deterioration so far.
You might want to check with the manufacturer of your tile about installing over luan, especially if it is peel and stick. Luan has some type of resin in it that is not compatable with some glus and finishes.

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