Hoob's subfloor, hardwood, and stairs project
Many on the forum seem interest in the mega project build threads some posters maintain. Decided to start a tracking thread for my current "minor project" in my 1917 old east end Toronto tiny 2br house.
I'm between jobs at the moment, and have a lot of spare time and decided to invest a bit and do the upstairs flooring while I have the spare time. The target is to replace the laminate in the bedrooms and the carpet on the "hallway", and eventually the carpeted stairs converting to hardwood as well.
Knowing full well that putting down hardwood flooring is not easy in older houses, I know I'm getting into a relatively involved project. Last time I did flooring was in my condo, which was a whole different game with nice flat concrete slab and floating install over acoustic underlayment.
So I go and catch up with The OFFICIAL Hardwood Flooring Thread to refresh my knowledge since I last followed it closely in 2010. Confidence in hand, time to get going.
I also have waaay-back experience with hardwood floors helping the family install it in our house as a teenager in the late 1980s. So I think I'm ready (famous last words -- if anything goes wrong I'll just ask patrob.... )
Here is the approximate house layout:
After visiting Darmaga Hardwood in Richmond Hill (I received good service in 2010) to see/rent some flooring samples, and taking into account material costs and the various vendor/product reputations, I decide on this product:
* Vintage Hardwood
* White Oak Buckingham, Character grade
* North Solid Sawn 3/4" engineered supporting 25-70% RH range
* Sculpted finish (with matte UVF Urethane oil finish
* 4 3/8" plank width due to a preference for a narrower look than the 5" and 7" trendy styles
Finally, I sacrifice the flooring in the master bedroom closet to ensure that there are no surprises:
There aren't really any surprises, here is what I am dealing with, from the top down:
* 8mm laminate planks (1990s)
* 8mm pressboard underpad
* Layer of 8" square tiles (1960s or 1970s)
* 1/4" plywood under the tiles
* Original construction 1x4" tongue and groove plank flooring (1917)
All is well so I take the plunge and decide to go ahead with the project.