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Old 10-26-2010, 02:45 PM   #11
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Re: Floor / Flooring questions....

Thanks Vega12 and everyone else for their input,

Right now I am solidifying my flooring plans....still need to remove all of the glue residue from the carpeting (any suggestions there? Right now my plan is heatgun and scrapers), then will move on to sealing holes and rustoleum. While I am working on that I'll look at insulation and finally the flooring options.

I've determined, based on the feedback to cover the entire floor first, then build up benches, etc. from there.

If anyone has any other suggestions on the flooring process or floor coverings, please do still chime in.

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Old 01-17-2011, 10:59 AM   #12
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Re: Floor / Flooring questions....

So,

A few months of slack due to illness and life intruding on bus rehab and I am now finally ready for the flooring project.

Just wanted to double-check for any additional info/suggestions from folks on my plan.

1) Clean Metal Floor & brush with angle grinder
2) Paint Floor with Rust-Oleum
3) Caulk Holes
4) Lay down 1/2" x 4" Furring Strips
5) Lay down 1/2" Pink Foam insulation between Furring Strips
6) Screw down 1/2" OSB into furring strips
7) Add flooring (right now my top candidate is a raised coin or diamond patter garage flooring, but still deciding)

So, the only questions I am still pondering are...

Is there any reason 1/2" OSB would not be sufficient for the flooring (want to limit the amount of headroom loss)?
What do people suggest in terms of spacing the furring strips for the floor?
Anything I've missed?

Thanks in advance!

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Old 01-17-2011, 12:39 PM   #13
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Re: Floor / Flooring questions....

David said.... 1/2" decking needs 12" OC furring strips. Are you sure you want to do 1/2" insulation? That's pretty low?

If you are using a flooring material that is 3/4" thick (like wood floor) then you would not need the 1/2" decking. You do need the decking if putting down a thin floor material, no matter what it is made of.
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Old 01-17-2011, 01:08 PM   #14
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Re: Floor / Flooring questions....

Thanks for your reply.

As we don't expect to be using the bus for extended living in extreme temps, the insulation is more for med temp fluctuations and sound insulation.

The final flooring will be fairly thin rubber/vinyl -type garage flooring, so we will need to do the furring strips. Now leaning more toward 3/4" OSB for the subfloor for structural strength for the benches etc connected to them (unless someone tells me reasons otherwise).

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Re: Floor / Flooring questions....

My recipe(read my profile) is; steel floor. red rosin paper,then 1/4 inch foam then 1/2 inch plywood, last; wood, vinyl, marble, carpet etc. finish floor. No need for furrow strips unless you pipe in radiant heaters. If you can afford it go with plywood instead of osb because osb swells. Other people do it different but that's cool too.
The rosin wicks away moisture and condensation from the steel (the actual moisture barrier), and contains it until the moisture can migrate up and out.
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Re: Floor / Flooring questions....

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My recipe(read my profile) is; steel floor. red rosin paper,then 1/4 inch foam then 1/2 inch plywood, last; wood, vinyl, marble, carpet etc. finish floor. No need for furrow strips unless you pipe in radiant heaters. If you can afford it go with plywood instead of osb because osb swells. Other people do it different but that's cool too.
The rosin wicks away moisture and condensation from the steel (the actual moisture barrier), and contains it until the moisture can migrate up and out.
I used the same recipe as Mightybus, and with my 6'6" ceiling, and me being 6'4" my head is just clearing the ceiling. I really don't want to be bending over, and also wasn't up for a roof raise, so this recipe was a compromise. I will probably spray some insulation on the outside of the floor at some point. One issue is that any time I need to attach something to the floor I have to screw all the way down through the metal because the 1/2" plywood is not really thick enough to screw into except for very light items. But I'm fine with that, as the metal obviously provides a more secure mount than the wood alone. It's just a bit more work to drill into. That being said, if I didn't have headroom issues, I would have gone 1/2" insulation and 3/4" plywood. I know an extra 1/2" doesn't sound like much to fuss about, but that extra 1/2" would have put my head right on the ceiling, and crouching is not an option I'm willing to consider due to back problems, and as I indicated earlier, a roof raise was just not something I wanted to deal with.
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Re: Floor / Flooring questions....

Smitty,

Good question. My thought was the idea of furring strips would help keep the floor even all the way across (not 'spongy').

My plan is to now go with 3/4 tongue and groove plywood for the subfloor, with the rubber/pvc floor on top

Metal floor > Red Rosin Paper > 1/2" rigid foam insulation > 3/4" ply > raised coin flooring.

Any folks with experience with and/or without furring strips?
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Re: Floor / Flooring questions....

I had this odd idea but not sure if it is feasible. Comments please

Rather than lay down framing around the insulation sheets/boards, can't I put in pvc rings? Cut rings slightly higher than the thickness of the sheets and set them into the sheets. Probably have to cut out a ring in the sheeting then fill with cut out (trimmed down) sheeting. Not sure if that makes sense.
More work than framing but I've tons of 2" piping etc around here and this would mean more insualtion, less wood.
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I had this odd idea but not sure if it is feasible. Comments please

Rather than lay down framing around the insulation sheets/boards, can't I put in pvc rings? Cut rings slightly higher than the thickness of the sheets and set them into the sheets. Probably have to cut out a ring in the sheeting then fill with cut out (trimmed down) sheeting. Not sure if that makes sense.
More work than framing but I've tons of 2" piping etc around here and this would mean more insualtion, less wood.
Damn! Not sure if it would work or not, but I don't see why it wouldn't. I likes it!
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