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jdefazio

06:39PM | 10/18/02
Member Since: 10/11/02
11 lifetime posts
Bvflooring
Is it normal in a new house to actually be able to tell when you are standing on a joist or standing in between two joists?

I have parquet flooring which is thin and glued to the subfloor (not sure if that would make a difference).

This is my first home and I'm not sure whether this is normal or I should be making a stink about it with my builder.

Any feedback would be appreciated!

ACD

11:21AM | 10/23/02
Member Since: 10/15/02
359 lifetime posts
What is the span of the joist, 16" of 24"? that right there makes a big difference.

jdefazio

07:00AM | 10/26/02
Member Since: 10/11/02
11 lifetime posts
16"

LDoyle

12:08PM | 10/26/02
Member Since: 06/03/01
324 lifetime posts
Sounds like your subflooring is too thin. Is it OSB? Have never been happy with just OSB subflooring. Might check to find out what is the thickness of the subfloor and check that against local codes and your flooring installation specs.

jdefazio

04:00AM | 10/27/02
Member Since: 10/11/02
11 lifetime posts
I believe my subfloor is 5/8" thick. Also, what is OSB subflooring?

Thanks for your help

John

ACD

07:14AM | 10/30/02
Member Since: 10/15/02
359 lifetime posts
Right there is your problem. OSB or Oriented Strand board is garbage wood glued and pressed together to make a smooth strong sheet of plywood. Problem is when it gets wet it tends to expand. The problem your having is due to the fact they used 5/8" instead of 3/4". 5/8" is good if your using it on top of an existing subfloor, but tends to bounce when used by itself on anything greater than 12" OC.

Lawrence

04:43PM | 11/01/02
Member Since: 11/14/00
333 lifetime posts
No, it is not normal to be able to tell when you are standing on a joist or between joists, ESPECIALLY in a new construction house. ACD is also correct that 5/8 is not enough for a subfloor by itself.
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