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Jacquelyn Craddock

09:46AM | 06/20/03
Member Since: 06/19/03
2 lifetime posts

I am a newly wed and have purchased our first home - an 85 year old house. It's precious, but needs quite a bit of fixing up.

I am interested in laying laminate hardwood flooring (a DIY project). The existing flooring is hardwood, but it too far gone in shape to be refinished. Additionally, the exisitng flooring is slightly unlevel. Any suggestions or advice on the preparation would be greatly appreciated.

The local hardware store suggested to lay plywood 5/8" or 3/4", with decking screws into the floor beams, then lay the underlay and the laminate on top.
Should I follow this method? Should I include extra padding for comfort or acoustics?

I appreciate any advice. Thanks so much!

Graham Flooring

10:22AM | 06/20/03
Ok have a few questions here .
One you can put down the laminate floor without the expense of the new plywood. Just put down the leveling compound ( latex modified ) first, before you put in the laminate floor.
Second. if putting down a laminate floor over hardwood, you must lay it at a 90 degree angle from the existing grain of the old floor.
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Jacquelyn Craddock

10:44AM | 06/20/03
Member Since: 06/19/03
2 lifetime posts
Thanks so much!!
Your advice definitely gives me direction to now begin my project

Thanks again!

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