I just nailed hardwood flooring (3/4 inch) to a particle board
subfloor. NOW I know this was a mistake. What can I do to fix it?
The particle board is the subfloor in this house--it was not put over a
more durable subfloor. Can I put long nails through the face of the
new floor into the joints.
If I have to pull up the floor, what is the easiest way to do this
without destroying the floor? I'm pretty sick about this--we don't
have 5000 to blow and it looks like we did just that.
What is the problem? Nails pulling up?
I'd consider using screws rather than nails, but it is a time consuming
process. Drill a 3/8" hole with a forstner bit, about 3/8" deep. Then
drill a pilot hole into the joist. You'd need a minimum of 2" long screw,
probably 2 1/2" would be better. Drive the screw, then put a plug in the
countersunk hole, cut flush, sand, refinish. When done, it may actually
enhance the appearance, unlike a nail head. .
HOW do you know you made a mistake? Is it tongue and groove hardwood?
The T&G is there to help with the wood expansion without the joints
buckling. Is there a gap at the walls for expansion? If it is in a
bathroom or kitchen, where there will be lots of moisture on the floor,
yes you did make a mistake. That might be tempered with quite a few
coats of poly or marine varnish.
I have OSB subflooring with no degradation to the hardwood flooring on
top of it. As long as there is not a lot of moisture coming from below
the particle board it should be ok. Relax, enjoy your new floor.
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