Installing pine planks on concrete?

ocochugoMarch 7, 2007

I'd like to install pine planks on the basement floor but it's just carpet over concrete right now. Any suggestions??

Also, is it okay to just nail pine planks to a subfloor? Weren't many of the old homes done just with nails??? I really need an answer for both these questions and you guys seem to know your stuff. I'm new to the site and I do have some woodworking experience.

Thanks guys

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floorman67

there are a few ways to do it.

if you want true solid pine plank flooring, the best way it to isntall a moisture/vapor barrier, a 2"x4" sleeper/joist system, then 3/4" plywood subfloor, then the planking.

some do away with the sleeper/joist system and just put down a vapor/moisture barrier, playwood, then planking, but this gives little to no "breathing space" for moisture evaporation.

alternately, you cold elect a pine look-a-like floating laminate flooring or a floating or glued engineered wood floating floor system.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2007 at 12:31AM
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floorguy

Never, and I repeat never install a solid wood in a below grade application!!!!!!!!!!

You will regret it in about 3 months, if not shorter.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2007 at 9:28PM
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jerry_t

This is simply for information.... as in, I have no personal experience with this. There is a two component epoxy/polyurethane adhesive available that will warrant this installation in writing. It is called SILOVIL 3000. This company also has a two-component pure epoxy resin that can be applied first for waterproofing against vapor emissions, not hydrostatic pressure though. This product is called PRIMER EP 21. I am currently investigating this installation process.

It is fairly new to the states but has been used in Europe for many years.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2007 at 5:17AM
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