Subfloor Replace?


Old 05-13-02, 11:20 PM
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Question Subfloor Replace?

Please help. Two different floor contractors told me I needed to replace my (13' x 15') oak living room floor instead of refinish it (due to top nailing, etc.) Ergo I bought some beautiful 3/4" prefinished red oak from Lumber Liquidators to be installed this Friday. My questions are should the old 5/8" oak be removed first? It does come up easily. Beneath it is an older style T&G type floor (car something?) they used in the 40's; it has lots of squeaks. Every one I ask gives me a different opinion from no to yes to hammering 3" nails through the 5/8 oak into the joists. I just want it to look nice and sound quiet.
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Old 05-13-02, 11:47 PM
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Without being able to see exactly what you're working with, if it won't affect the floor level from adjoining rooms too much, I would definitely leave the old oak flooring for extra strength and stability.
However, it should be screwed to the joists and even to the subfloor "field" between joists until ALL squeaks are totally eliminated before installing the new oak flooring. (Nails won't do it like screws.)
It will probably be less work and expense to screw the old oak flooring down good instead of ripping it all out anyway. Your call.
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Old 05-14-02, 10:22 AM
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Thank you, Mike - good sound advice.
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