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Old 04-14-2009, 12:30 PM   #1
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Question Bridging Staples on plywood floor joints - leave or remove?

We removed all of the carpeting on our 1996 34' front kitchen. We're preparing the plywood floor for the installation of commercial grade vinyl plank flooring.
The plywood (yes, thankful it's plywood!) is in great shape & the floor level. We only found one screw elevated above the floor, which we tightened down. All of the carpet pad staples have been removed.
The joints between the plywood sheets are surprisingly smooth. We will fill the individual screws to plywood level.
There are staples bridging each sheet of plywood (picture below) - What is the purpose of these staples? Were the staples used to tack the plywood together during construction until the flooring sheets was screwed in place? Can the staples be removed without dire consequences to the integrity of the floor? Do we leave in place, just drive down to floor level & overfill?

When we removed the side couch to lift the carpet, we found spent rivets & aluminum shavings & hole plugs left over from the manufacturing!
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Old 04-14-2009, 01:37 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by whitelight View Post
Do we leave in place, just drive down to floor level & overfill?
I would drive them down and fill if needed.


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Hi Whitlight!

I removed them on my 28' 95 when I removed the carpet.

That was 10,000 miles ago, no problems

Good luck with your project,

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I suspect they are to hold a tongue and grove on the edge of the plywood together. I you want to level them so as not to come through the flooring consider laying a width of fiberglass tape over them and epoxying the tape in place. This will level the floor over them and secure the original use.
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Glad to see you didnt have any floor damage ie. water damage. Thats always a great piece of mind.

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When I installed Konnecto vinly plank flooring, I left the bridging stapes in place. They have not telegraphed through after 1.5 years. I assume they served some purpose greater than I could figure out. Maybe Howard is correct as to the reason.

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