05:38AM | 10/31/02
Member Since: 07/24/02
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I have a concrete floor in my basement and I want to have carpet installed. The basement is dry and I am hoping to save as much headroom as possible. Can I place a thin layer of nailing strips and then apply tongue-in-groove plywood for my subfloor?
I have seen recommendations for 2x4 or 1x4 nailing boards, but I was hoping to save some money on lumber.
Any ideas?


04:47PM | 11/01/02
Member Since: 11/14/00
333 lifetime posts
You really do not need the plywood subfloor. You can lay carpet and apdding directly onto concrete. You would need to shoot the carpet-tack strips into the concrete along the sides with a special nail-gun designed to literally "shoot" nails into concrete. You can rent to guns or buy on for $75 or so.

Spend the money you would have spent on plywood on top-quality padding, and you will end up with a better feeling floor that if you laid plywood and cheap or ordinary padding.

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