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Old 10-30-2014, 06:38 AM   #15
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Wow, thanks for the detailed information! That will be helpful.

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Do not use standard T&G flooring nails with the 1/2" subfloor.
What type of nails should I use with the 1/2 inch subfloor?
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Old 10-30-2014, 07:15 AM   #16
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When I replaced my floor I installed "engineered" oak flooring from Lumber Liquidators over a foam underlayment. Mine is completely floating (not glued, screwed or nailed down) with a 1/4" gap at the edges that is hidden under quarter round molding. Very happy so far.
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Old 10-30-2014, 07:52 AM   #17
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Wow, thanks for the detailed information! That will be helpful. What type of nails should I use with the 1/2 inch subfloor?
If you blind nail per the picture in my post, use 15g or 16g power nailer/stapler, or, hand nail and counter sink similar size finishing nails flush into the tongue with a nail punch.

Figure the nail will go in at about 45 degrees so pick a nail/staple length that will not poke through the 1/2" subfloor.

Also consider face screws instead of blind nailing, like in the other picture I posted. You simply countersink 1 inch screws about a 1/4 of an inch into the 3/4" pine then glue in a plug to fill the hole and sand flush.

Screws overall may prove less frustrating and a more solid bond to the subfloor. Blind nailing T&G by hand can be tricky a confined space if you have never done it before. and impossible once you get close to the side walls anyway.

You can cut the plugs from the same wood for a perfect match. Get a kit like this that has the drill/counter sink and a plug cutter.



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Old 10-31-2014, 08:00 AM   #18
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That's a pretty cool tool. I'm considering using black nails on all four corners of each board and keeping them exposed. I think it will go with the kind of rustic look I'm going for.

I've got a question regarding the subfloor. The PO layed the plywood pretty tightly against the walls in spots... is there a tool I can use to shave those spots down without having to uninstall the plywood? It's tight mainly around the corners.
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Old 10-31-2014, 08:48 AM   #19
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Well, bummer, we just got rain last night so I just went out to check the trailer... looks like there's several big leaks. All that non marine grade plywood got completely soaked in spots. Ugh!
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Sounds like it's time to seal that floor, and to start chasing down leaks. I used a oil based floor paint to sea most of my floor. Only down side is that it takes days and days to dry.


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Sounds like it's time to seal that floor, and to start chasing down leaks. I used a oil based floor paint to sea most of my floor. Only down side is that it takes days and days to dry.


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seal the seams on the roof and sides especially around the door and the vents. Then check it all with a hose.
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Can I just use something like Thompson's Water Seal for sealing the plywood?
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seal the seams on the roof and sides especially around the door and the vents. Then check it all with a hose.
I just bought a tube of clear silicone sealer to use... is that okay to use?
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I just bought a tube of clear silicone sealer to use... is that okay to use?
NO, NO, NO, NO, silicone doesn't adhere to aluminum at all. Use a polyurethane sealant such as Trempro 635 or Sikiflex 221. You can use Parbond as well but it is tricky to work with as it tacks instantly. Mask off all areas that you DON'T want sealant on to and use mineral spirits on you fingers to smooth out and clean up. Practice on a piece of angle aluminum until you get a feel for how long you have to work with the product before it starts to skin.

Don't ever use silicone.

As far as your flooring goes. I'm a cabinetmaker who loves wood and still bought a real wood veneered engineered flooring with a cork backing. It was a breeze to install as it clicked locked together. I floated the floor for ease of repair or replacement.
I have seen a 3/4 solid floor installed in an Airstream with screws and plugs. The flooring heaved, broke screws, buckled, pulling screws out of the subfloor and ended up a stained mildewed mess. Pine, especially 3/4" will expand significantly if not sealed. Also you MUST seal both sides the very same way as finish on one side and not the other will cause the wood to cup big time. I personally would not use solid wood in a trailer floor.

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I just bought a tube of clear silicone sealer to use... is that okay to use?

No. The solvent in the silicone is an acid which will corrode the aluminum. Then you will have a real mess.

Get Capt Tolleys creeping crack cure or Acryl from Aairstream for rivets and sheet seams.

For larger cracks use a polyurethane sealant. I got the Adseal for that. Both products available thru AIRSTREAM.

I have not found anything remotely similar in Austin.
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No. The solvent in the silicone is an acid which will corrode the aluminum. Then you will have a real mess.
Well cr*p!! I used some household silicone I had laying around here the other day to fill in about 10 little holes that are on the exterior of the trailer. Can I pull the silicone out of the holes and then use something like mineral spirits or rubbing alcohol to remove any film left on the surface?
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Well cr*p!! I used some household silicone I had laying around here the other day to fill in about 10 little holes that are on the exterior of the trailer. Can I pull the silicone out of the holes and then use something like mineral spirits or rubbing alcohol to remove any film left on the surface?

The sooner you get the siliconr ne off the better. Mineral spirits may help too.
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