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Old 03-08-2013, 10:06 AM   #169
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Just curious as to why you decided to add the 1/4" plywood underlayment? Is the current sub floor not compatible with the new floor squares? Seems that, properly cleaned and/or painted, the original sub floor (assuming in good shape) should accept the carpet squares by it self. I would think that it would add weight with little benefit for carpet.

I'm thinking of adding some underlayment to mine but I'll be putting down a floating floor instead. I have a few sheets of 1/8" luan plywood that's left over from the wall rebuilds.
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:01 PM   #170
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Carpeting doesn't seem to be the product of choice by most members lately, because of cleaning, oders, and wear. But there are the benefits of a warmer surface, ease of installation, cost, and quieting of road noise when traveling. When I replaced mine I wanted it to look original so I stayed with the carpeting, and have been very happy with it. Looks like your wife made a nice choice.
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:51 PM   #171
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I agree with the benefits and curses of carpeting, but I will take carpet over tile any day for the sitting and bedroom areas. Carpet does require a bit more care, but is easy to replace when the time comes to update.

Keep the pictures coming on the installation of the squares.

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Old 03-08-2013, 12:58 PM   #172
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I have been thinking of a more solid surface than carpet as said before for ease of cleaning. Some fellas I work around made the comment to use vinyl strips. I thought I might go that route. I am enjoying your progress reports too.
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Old 03-08-2013, 02:13 PM   #173
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There are several areas of the subfloor that are not level...appears to be where two sheets butt up together...

Between the dining table and the kitchen counter:


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Unlike traditional carpet, carpet squares do not use an underlayment of thick carpet padding. Each square contains the carpet, pad and backing. In order to minimize the "bumps" where the sheets join, My buddy recommended that I install 1/4 inch plywood across these areas with construction adhesive and screws to secure.
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Old 03-08-2013, 02:28 PM   #174
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when I installed Linoliam and my Airstream trailer Andy told me to put the edges along the edges of the plywood so that the trailer could expand and contract with heat. I kinda thought that made sense I don't know if it applies to a motorhome or not. just food for thought
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Old 03-08-2013, 02:29 PM   #175
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One distinct advantage of carpet squares is the ease of cleaning, removal for liquid spills (as many as 5 grandchildren at a time), and most important...DW can change the color, style, texture whenever she desires...

"A happy wife makes for a happy life"

Here are several alternates she is considering for the future:



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If you consider she can buy and have shipped to us for $200-$250 (for 18 square yards and ease of installation ( just use old squares as a template), it becomes a palatable option...
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Old 03-08-2013, 04:30 PM   #176
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Personally, I would simply sand the sub floor joint edges to a matching height instead of adding another 1/4" layer to the entire surface. The additional plywood would add weight that could be used for other purposes. The gaps in the sub floor seem to me to be expansion joints that are intentional. Would not effect standard carpet or a floating floor, but may interfere with a stick down application type of flooring. By screwing and gluing over the joints you may be defeating the purpose of the joints and cause stress elsewhere. Just something to think about.
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Personally, I would simply sand the sub floor joint edges to a matching height instead of adding another 1/4" layer to the entire surface. The additional plywood would add weight that could be used for other purposes. The gaps in the sub floor seem to me to be expansion joints that are intentional. Would not effect standard carpet or a floating floor, but may interfere with a stick down application type of flooring. By screwing and gluing over the joints you may be defeating the purpose of the joints and cause stress elsewhere. Just something to think about.
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You raise a good point, will have to mull it over.
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Layed out a couple of carpet squares to get a preview:




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Old 03-09-2013, 06:54 AM   #179
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My best friend is having a birthday celebration weekend (his 70th).


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Old 03-09-2013, 09:53 AM   #180
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I agree with the sanding down of the uneven surfaces. Then you could skim it in with a floor leveling patch. OSB subflooring can be quite rough, when I replaced the oak flooring in my galley, removing existing oak damaged the OSB badly. The floor leveling patch worked great. In your situationwith the carpet squares, you might want to consider sealing or painting complete subfloor before inslalling carpet, if you decide not to use a 1/4" sub floor. I wouldn't worry about filling in joints cracks with patch material as an expansion problem,its too small of area. But OSB is highly susceptible to swelling when exposed to moisture.Thats the reason for the sealing of it under the carpet.But the sanding and leveling way might be easier and cheaper than the plywood.
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Thank you, 92landyacht, Gloran and others for your suggestions!


Sanded edges of the chipboard and used Durhams Rock Hard Water Putty as a floor patch:



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Will let the patch dry overnight (left a small heater on low in the coach) and sand in the morning.

Plan to seal the floor with Kilz in the morning, hopefully start laying the carpet squares after lunch.
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Old 03-09-2013, 04:34 PM   #182
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Sounds like a good plan. Tomorrow I'll be doing a similar job, but I'll be doing a click-lock laminate floor so floor prep will be a little differant. I'm also pretty sure that I'll have some water damaged areas under the rug to repair since I had water intrusion from roof leaks when I purchased the MH. I'll keep you all posted.
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