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Old 08-04-2010, 07:04 PM   #1
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Fastening plywood in a bus

Do the straight nails do ok for fastening finish plywood or does the bouncing and rattling around loosen them up too much.
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Old 08-04-2010, 08:26 PM   #2
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Re: Fastening plywood in a bus

always use screws. nails will squeak and creek and work their way loose on ya.
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Re: Fastening plywood in a bus

Sheet Metal Screws 1-2" based on how thick your plywood is. We used 2" with a 1/2" plywood, probably could've used 1.5" but I don't think HD had them.
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Old 08-04-2010, 10:38 PM   #4
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Re: Fastening plywood in a bus

thats what I used on the side walls, was going to try use something better looking
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:21 AM   #5
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Re: Fastening plywood in a bus

Pura Vida,

I used 3/4 inch plywood and was glad I did. The 1/4 gives you a little more material to work with when your are fastening down other fixtures in your bus to the floor. Just my two cents worth.

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Re: Fastening plywood in a bus

As far as sub-flooring goes, does anyone see any need for PT (pressure treated) plywood?
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Old 08-21-2010, 10:25 PM   #7
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pressure treated wood wil dry out and warp imo
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Old 08-21-2010, 10:30 PM   #8
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Re: Fastening plywood in a bus

No, that stuff is poison. Keep it out of the living envelop. I've also heard the chemicals in some of the treatments react with steel, not for the better.
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Re: Fastening plywood in a bus

If moisture is a concern you can use a product like "DryPly" .. it's a tongue and groove sub-flooring designed for humid environments and occasional exposure to moisture .. it is not designed for prolonged or continuous use in "wet" environments (such as outdoors or for a deck) .. great for bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms where you expect to get wet once in a while ..

.. it is also T&G, which makes for much stronger joints that won't "rack" or move horizontally when you step on them ..

.. it is available at most Home Improvement stores .. not much more expensive than regular T&G sub-flooring .. I would stay away from the OSB sub-flooring though, especially if moisture is a concern .. regular old T&G sub-flooring should hold up just fine, especially if you use a low-voc sealer ..

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Yeah Smitty .. it won't sheen water, it just resists deterioration from exposure to moisture .. won't help you at all with mildew/mold, or even pet odors for that matter ..
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