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  • jdfnola commented on jdfnola's instructable DIY PLYWOOD FLOORS4 months ago
    DIY PLYWOOD FLOORS

    Nailed the finishing nails in a pattern to mimic the "real hardwood" floors in the rest of the house. Used a nail punch to drive the nails below the floor level and then the ploy covered them so it was all level.

    Hmm, don't know why it's looking grainy. Did you use the same poly I did?As far as smoothness my floor is almost too smooth. In socks I can slide on it as if i'm on skates. My dogs can't get any purchase on it and just spin their legs like they are in a cartoon. When I mop it to clean it it's actually dangerously slippery :-)

    It's been over 5 years and for the most part the floors are in good shape. There is an area under the desk where the hardwood chair has rubbed in a groove in the wood. You probably can't repair the groove but you could replace the plywood sheet.

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  • jdfnola commented on jdfnola's instructable DIY PLYWOOD FLOORS6 months ago
    DIY PLYWOOD FLOORS

    I could see that as a recommendation. But this floor was intended to be a interim fix until we could lay down real old school "proper" hardwood floors like the rest of the house has.It was designed to be the very near the cheapest solution. That being said we only have one area of the floor that has been been scuffed up (the sliding back and forth from the desk chair). It does not really look that bad and if I had been smart it could have been prevented).Otherwise I've dropped hammers, and other heavy hard things and floor has taken it without being damaged. It's not frajile. The poly you put on it is very protective.That's not to say that your recommendation is "wrong" - it just was not a concern of mine for this project.If I wanted floors to last 100 years I would ...see more »I could see that as a recommendation. But this floor was intended to be a interim fix until we could lay down real old school "proper" hardwood floors like the rest of the house has.It was designed to be the very near the cheapest solution. That being said we only have one area of the floor that has been been scuffed up (the sliding back and forth from the desk chair). It does not really look that bad and if I had been smart it could have been prevented).Otherwise I've dropped hammers, and other heavy hard things and floor has taken it without being damaged. It's not frajile. The poly you put on it is very protective.That's not to say that your recommendation is "wrong" - it just was not a concern of mine for this project.If I wanted floors to last 100 years I would not do it this way. But this is WAY better than the carpet that was there and even though we will eventually put down regular hardwood floors we are in no rush. The nice thing with this is that when we do we can lay them right over this floor.Hope this answers your question :-)

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  • jdfnola commented on jdfnola's instructable DIY PLYWOOD FLOORS7 months ago
    DIY PLYWOOD FLOORS

    Cool! I bet that stain looks great. Post some pictures!

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  • jdfnola commented on jdfnola's instructable DIY PLYWOOD FLOORS1 year ago
    DIY PLYWOOD FLOORS

    Don't know about concrete but I think you are right that if you found the right kind of glue it might work.

    Good to know.

    The Kilz blocks stains and seals in any odors that might be on the wood. I don't know how it wold work over a cement floor or how you would secure it.

    Yeah, I don't think you would have any problems. Lot's of other commenters talked of cutting the plywood into strips so you are in good company. Put up some pics when you are done and good luck!

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