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Fixing termite damage before starting Red Oak nail down project. Need some advce

Fixing termite damage before starting Red Oak nail down project. Need some advce


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Old 12-30-13, 08:14 AM
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Fixing termite damage before starting Red Oak nail down project. Need some advce

Hi All,

So the father-in-law and I spent our Sunday morning pulling up carpet and getting prepped for our 3/4 BellaWood Red Oak project.

When we inspected the sub flooring we noticed two small areas with some dry rot or termite damage, we're probably taking 1/2 sqft or smaller. The wood is not rotted all the way though, it joust seem the first couple of layers got hit.

Since these are such small areas, is there anything I can use / put down to fix it? I am trying to avoid doing any cutting / replacing if possible.

I was thinking maybe something like LevelQuik but I wasnt sure if i'll be able to nail through that when I start laying my hardwood.

Any advice you guys have would be much appreciated!
 
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Old 12-30-13, 09:26 AM
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A pic or two might be helpful - http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...-pictures.html

Are you sure the termites are gone? I'd be inclined to replace anything that was damaged. IMO it's better to do a little extra work now and be safe than have to tear into later after the floor is finished.
 
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Old 12-30-13, 09:38 AM
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Not a bug expert, but if no one did anything to get rid of the termites, then I'd guess they're still there, and probably have done more damage underneath that you can't see. Probably pay to hire a termite expert first, before just fixing the damage you see.
 
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Sorry, Should have mentioned... the house was tented last summer, so no mo termites. Just dealing with their aftermath now.
 
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Old 12-31-13, 04:00 AM
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Removing the bad wood lets you inspect the wood framing under it so you know it's not damaged or replace it if it is. A year or so after the floor is finished is not the time to find out you have to repair damage!!
 
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Old 12-31-13, 08:49 AM
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If the small area is located between the floor joists, then you can probably bridge the gap with the flooring and not have a problem. If the damage is over a floor joist, then repair would be advised as it would be a source of movement and possible noise. You didn't say what the total subfloor makeup is, 1/2" covered by 3/4"? or something similar?

It really is not that big of a deal to cut out and replace the damaged areas. The box stores sell partial sheets of plywood that you can use for patching.
 
 

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