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Old 12-07-2017, 10:01 AM   #1
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Vinyl plank flooring DIY question

Doing a remodel on my childhood home and considering this option. The house is 70' x 30' slab construction and there are 2 x 4 s laying on their sides stretching from one side to the other. They are on no more than 16" centers. The portion of the house that has linoleum has plywood on top of 2 x 4s. The hardwood I need to take up sits directly on the 2 x 4s.

So question is will 5mm-7mm thick vinyl planks be able to sit directly on the 2 x 4s like the hardwood is now, or will I have to put plywood down in those areas?
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Old 12-07-2017, 10:07 AM   #2
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You will need a sub floor my friend (plywood)
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Old 12-07-2017, 10:17 AM   #3
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^This, minimum 3/4” and I would put an adhesive on top of the 2x4’s before putting the plywood down.
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Why are you taking up the hardwood? For that matter, why are there 2x4's over the concrete slab?
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Old 12-07-2017, 10:19 AM   #5
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You will need a sub floor my friend (plywood)
That's what I would think as well, but I had a guy a LL tell me I'd be fine and got me all fishmeckled. My only issue with a subfloor is what kind of transitions I will have into the bedrooms, but 5-7mm planks are only about 1/4" thick so I think I'll be fine.
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Old 12-07-2017, 10:31 AM   #6
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Why are you taking up the hardwood? For that matter, why are there 2x4's over the concrete slab?
I'm not taking all of it up. I took a load bearing wall out and turned two each 15' x 21' rooms into one big 30' x 21' room. One of the rooms has hardwood. I guess I could try to match it but I think you would always be able to tell.

What I would like to do is take that up and move it to the one bedroom that does not have the original hardwood floors.

As far as the 2 x 4s , I guess that is the way they did things in 1961. I also found that the ceiling drywall is not nailed to the joists. There are 1 x 4 strips that it is nailed to. This house is built like a BSH lol. Has real pine wood instead of this balsa wood stuff in the cookie-cutter houses of today.
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3/4 t&g with subfloor glue nailed every 8".
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They do make a number of diff transition pieces that can help you out, the gluing of the subfloor will help with noises when walking on the floor. Not sure why the 2x4's on a slab but if that's the case I would roll some insulation in-between to help with the floor temp in the winter while its all exposed.
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I'm not taking all of it up. I took a load bearing wall out and turned two each 15' x 21' rooms into one big 30' x 21' room. One of the rooms has hardwood. I guess I could try to match it but I think you would always be able to tell.

What I would like to do is take that up and move it to the one bedroom that does not have the original hardwood floors.


You could probably find a similar looking grain. Sand down the existing and stain it all to match.
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For that matter, why are there 2x4's over the concrete slab?
Shows how little I know about construction maybe, but I have never even heard of 2 X 4's like that over a concrete slab. (other than maybe done later to allow room in floor for piping and draining of certain plumbing fixtures such as toilet or hot tub added after house built)
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