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ibadiran

11:45AM | 03/04/05
Member Since: 03/03/05
1 lifetime posts
I am redecorating my bed room and want to give it a rustic beach house feel. I was wondering if it would be possible to use a high grade plywood as flooring. I have seen plywood used on walls and ceilings and it looks great with a coat of poly on it. If it is possible can you give me some easy instructions on how to put it in. Should I use planks or sheets? What would be the hardest/best to use since I will be walking directly on the plywood. Thanks for whatever help I get:)

PS - The room is upstairs and the subflooris plywood.

ethanbancroft

09:21AM | 03/15/05
Member Since: 01/28/05
11 lifetime posts
I replaced the flooring in my house with 3/4" plywood which was very difficult to locate as it is no longer being sold . ***** still carries it

the stores have come out with 19/32 which sits higher than 3/4 and will not fit under walls or original base boards>, therefore, plan your spacing from base board out . the sheets come

in eight by four panels , so calculate how many you need by measuring from baseboard to base board. remove quarter rounds before starting (round piece against baseboard)

floor joist are usually 16 inches apart, so, 15 and 1/2 inch fron base board will give you first joist . draw line one 1/2 inch in from 16" point, this will give you center of joist, draw line length of plywood .

Anchor ply wood with "dry board" 3'1/4 black screws.

I drilled holes into plywood with one/eighth inch hardened (black) drill bit, into line marking joist, spacing every 2 feet.

. you can do it every four feet, doesn't matter

the wall board screws are the best to work with will keep flooring tight , no nails to work loose

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ethanbancroft

09:24AM | 03/15/05
Member Since: 01/28/05
11 lifetime posts
I replaced the flooring in my house with 3/4" plywood which was very difficult to locate as it is no longer being sold . L--- still carries it, though call first

most of the stores have come out with 19/32 thick plywood, which sits higher than 3/4 and will not fit under walls or original base boards>, So, therefore, plan your spacing from base board out . the sheets come

in eight by four panels , so calculate how many you need by measuring from baseboard to base board. remove quarter rounds before starting (round piece against baseboard)

floor joist are usually 16 inches apart, so, 15 and 1/2 inch fron base board will give you first joist . draw line one 1/2 inch in from 16" point, this will give you center of joist, draw line length of plywood .

Anchor ply wood with "dry board" 3'1/4 black screws.

I drilled holes into plywood with one/eighth inch hardened (black) drill bit, into line marking joist, spacing every 2 feet.

. you can do it every four feet, doesn't matter

the wall board screws are the best to work with will keep flooring tight , no nails to work loose

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MistressEll

02:25PM | 03/19/05
Member Since: 01/30/05
360 lifetime posts
don't use wall board or dry wall screws on flooring! suggest brass or deck screws.


ethanbancroft

03:32PM | 03/15/07
Member Since: 01/28/05
11 lifetime posts
dry wall screw best , galvanized, or hardened steel don't rust and grip floorm have to be screwed in after drilling pilot hole

indoor application

doug seibert

01:42AM | 03/16/07
Member Since: 08/10/02
842 lifetime posts
Drywall screws are too brittle

Ethan from your two-yr-old post......."the stores have come out with 19/32 which sits higher than 3/4 and will not fit under walls or original base boards"

Check your math.........19/32" is SMALLER than 3/4"......your original floor you replaced was probably only 1/2"

3/4" = 24/32"

1/2" = 16/32"

"...measure once.....cut twice....throw that one away and cut a new one...."


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