Small hardwood flooring job

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Forum topic by Pyro posted 04-03-2018 09:39 PM 447 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-03-2018 09:39 PM

Hey guys,

I have to replace the flooring in our tiny office. It’s literally about 8×8. I was thinking of doing hardwood cause I’ve never done it before and what the hell? I have a few questions.

There is a 3/4 plywood subfloor beneath. It’s in California so it’s just a wood frame house with a crawl space. Do I still need some kind of moisture barrier like felt paper? If so, what do I need and how close to the walls should I run it? Do I need to affix it to the subfloor or just lay the felt over the subfloor?

I don’t have a cleat nailer and I don’t know who I might borrow one from. Any alternatives you guys might suggest? I don’t mind doing things a little differently as long as it isn’t going to create a big problem down the road, especially for such a small room.

Any types of wood to stay away from? I feel like I’ve heard of pine flooring but I’m guessing that’s a different species of pine than I’ve worked with in the past (too soft).

Out of curiosity, has hardwood flooring always been done with TnG? Was shiplap ever used or were boards just butted up against each other once upon a time? Interested to know!

Thanks guys!

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#1 posted 04-04-2018 11:41 AM

A lot of older homes have pine flooring although people think it’s hardwood. They are TnG. I lay shiplap pine from time to time. I also do custom plywood plank floors that are just butted.

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#2 posted 04-04-2018 12:31 PM

Pyro – yes, you need an underlayment under the wood floor boards.
check with your local flooring store and you will see two or three types:
red rosin paper and a thicker cardboard type as well as the black roofing felt.
depending on what product you choose to go with will dictate what underlayment to use.
after you spend some mind boggling time in the flooring department, you may change
your mind altogether and go with a glue down or the snap-n-click type.
looking forward to seeing photos of your project !!

over here on the East Coast, Home Depot has a tool rental section.
check your HD and see if they have the flooring nailer for rent or loan.
if not, you may have a rental store near you that has one.
if not, with such a small space, you can use the pneumatic 15ga finish nailer



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