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  1. #1
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    Default New hardwood floors

    I just ripped up our runs to install a new (3/4") hardwood floor. After removing the rugs, I noticed 2 things I am not sure about. First, in one spot of the subfloor, there is a 1/2" gap between 2 of the sheets of plywood and one corner is maybe a 1/4" lower then the adjcent sheet. How do I prep this area?

    Second, our pet (and the previous owners!) had some "accidents" in the room and you can see stains on the wood. How/should I treat the spot?

    Thanks! Ian
    Thanks,
    Ian S. Lindsay

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    Default Re: New hardwood floors

    The attached images are teh gaps I mention in the previous post.
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    Thanks,
    Ian S. Lindsay

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    Default Re: New hardwood floors

    For the height difference you should use floor leveler to even things out. Comes in a bag and is mixed with water to form a thick paste, can be applied with a drywall knife. For the gap, does the gap fall on a floor joist? If so, fill in the gap with the floor leveler (not too critical). If not, can you access the area under the subfloor? If so I would put a 2x4 under the subfloor to span the crack and add support.

    You can use a bleach solution or go to a pet store to get a solution to wet down the pet spots. This is to get rid of the odor so the next pet doesn't feel the need to mark their territory at those spots.

    I would also get a box of ring shank nails and go over your subfloor nailing to the joist any spots that seem even a little loose.

    After all this is done, you will want to lay a layer of 15# felt before nailing down your hardwood floor. Make sure you leave about 1/2" gap around the perimeter for expansion.

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    Smile Re: New hardwood floors

    Excellent! Thank you very much!
    Thanks,
    Ian S. Lindsay

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    Default Re: New hardwood floors

    Agreed on the screws! You just have to be sure to get the heads to sink into the subfloor so they are not "proud" and leave a spot for the hardwood to rock & roll on. The nails are a little easier to get flat with the subfloor and the ring shanks won't get loose and pull out.

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    Default Re: New hardwood floors

    Most all of the floor leelers I have found are concrete based. Will this cause any issues securing the new wood floor to the subfloor? Can I use the floor staples, or should I glue the floor where I had to use the leveler?

    Thanks!
    Thanks,
    Ian S. Lindsay

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