install laminate over old hardwood

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  1. Apr 2, 2009 #1

    ubonline

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    Hi, I'm about to install laminate over an old hardwood floor (the old floor looks like crap, has way too many gaps and squeaks/creaks too much to refinish). How should I prep the old floor - do I need to sand it to make flat, use screws to get rid of the squeaks? Anything else I should do?

    Or should I remove it and put down plywood?
     
  2. Apr 3, 2009 #2

    inspectorD

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    I would remove the floor and put down plywood. This way you can also fix the squeaks where they occur, under the existing floor.:)
    Usually it is the nails in the plywood which go into the framing lumber (joist) underneath a floor which cause the squeaks. I would screw the floor down and countersink the nails that stick up.
    Also follow all manufacturers recommendations and you will do just fine.
    Good luck.
     
  3. Apr 3, 2009 #3

    ubonline

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    Thanks, makes sense!
     

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