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Installing pine planks on concrete?

Posted by ocochugo (My Page) on
Wed, Mar 7, 07 at 20:55

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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RE: Installing pine planks on concrete?

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.


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RE: Installing pine planks on concrete?

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.


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RE: Installing pine planks on concrete?

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.


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