soft splintering pine floors

Old 11-29-08, 12:27 PM
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soft splintering pine floors

Hello! I have very soft pine floors throughout my old house. In some rooms its covered over by carpeting and some very old square linolium. Our hall upstairs is the one covered in old lenolium in which I pulled up an unfortunately it took some of the very soft pine with it when I pulled it up. I tried sanding but the floor splinters and breaks into shards so easily. Is this something that I can put a new laminate floor over? I am concerned about the spots where the soft flooring pulled and I don't know how to fill those spots in for the new flooring..
I have never seen such soft wood before!

Any advice??
Old 12-08-08, 09:04 PM
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As long as floor is flat with no high and low spots, then you are good to go. If areas that got pulled up affect the flatness, then you can fill the low spots with self leveling compound. You don't want high spots or low spots or ridges between boards that will cause flex in flooring.

If floor is otherwise flat and splintering is a cause for alarm, install 1/4 plywood underlayment over old wood floor to assure smooth, flat surface for laminate.

Follow manufacturer's instructions for underlayment and installation.
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As usual, Twelvepole is right on. So long as your floor meets the flatness specs for the product you choose, you should have no problem. I prefer using Ardex Featherfinish to patch small problems in floors, but, if the areas in question are large enough, self leveler might be a better choice. The main concern I would have would be, are your pine planks cupped badly? I've seen a lot of pine plank floors and they are normally cupped badly. If so, the suggestion of an overlay is a good one. The cupping will creat voids under the new floor that will be a problem.

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