sub floors


Old 05-29-02, 09:26 AM
John Robinson
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We own an 1859 Victorian in a local historic district. It was rehabbed by the city as part of a program called "Rehabarama." Unfortunately, much of their work was cosmetic in nature, leaving a lot of problems hidden below the surface.

We had to remove carpeting in one of the rooms becaue the previous owners had allowed their dog to use the room as a bathroom and our dog found the aroma irresistable. What we found underneath was pine wide-plank flooring too damaged to sand/repair. We treated the wood with a sealant designed to mask odors and filled the many cracks. Now we want to lay a sub-floor over which we will lay 12" x 12" tiles to form a pattern.

What is the best current method for laying a sub floor under these conditions? Should I use plywood or fiberboard? Should I glue it down or nail it down (if nail at what intervals?)? What thickness? What type of nails? Specific instructions would be appreciated.
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Old 05-29-02, 04:16 PM
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Installing a subfloor

Plywood is preferred. OSB is acceptable. Particleboard is not an acceptable subfloor.

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