I messed up this question yesterday, so got advice about everything
except what I need - which is:
What types of solid flooring can I temporarily install over flat
Industrial Carpet, which can not be removed. The Temporary floor need
last only 6 to 8 months, but should protect the ugly carpet. No need
to worry about tripping hazards, etc.
I only want to know what stuff, if any, can go over carpet on a
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
PS - an easy DIY would be a really good thing!
Not sure if this fits your need, but it seems to me that if you put down
some underlayment first (OSB or similar), you could put just about
anything over it. The underlayment could be screwed down to the real
floor to make it easily removeable.
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Yup. In Navy when they work on ships, they lay down a thin plywood (and i
mean thin, this stuff is 1/4 inch if that) then tape the joints with an
industrial level tape along every seam, including the bulkheads. Being
steel bulkheads, this is easy but should be able to do it to wood floor
molding as well. May need 2 layers for an 8 month job. Set second layer so
the joints are offset from the one under it.
I would lay down some plywood, but joints is all that is needed, maybe
half inch maybe be more, depends on what you are going to use it for. Then
I would lay down a second layer of 4X8s staggering the joints. You might
get away with thinner plywood here.
I got away with about three years at a dance studio with this
construction without a problem. Be sure to screw those sheets down well. A
little counter sink would be good with some sort of filler if you need it.
We can't see your apartment from here, and there are lots of variables.
Offhand, just as a swag, I'd say lay out sheets of masonite or 1/4
luan, tape the joints with carpet seaming tape, and put edge-glued
textured vinyl over it. Try not to have joints in traffic paths. Find
some way to wedge it between walls or in a doorway or against cabinets,
so it doesn't slide around. (ie, some U-shaped cuts to fit around arches
or base cabinets) Put a hammer-down edge strip on the naked edge, just
without nails, to hold the layers together and provide some taper to
reduce the trip hazard.
IMHO, you can learn to live with anything for 6-8 months- just be
careful not to spill stuff. Any money you spend on a throw-away floor is
money you won't have to fix up the new place. And a new house, even a
newly-built one, will always take more cash in the first six months than
you planned on.
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