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Old 11-29-2007, 09:30 PM   #1
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Subflooring question!

I'm preparing to put in some 7/16" sub flooring tomorrow in my bus. I decided to go ahead and pull up all of the rubber flooring in the bus. It's basically just sitting there and comes up pretty easy. I've spent the evening cutting out screws and anything that was sticking up. So, I'll be laying the subflooring right onto the metal floor. There's a couple of small rusty spots, but nothing serious. I'm planning on just using some screws to attach the wood to the floor. Should I use any kind of glue or anything like that? It would need to come in a big bucket. I'm thinking that just screwing the wood to the metal floor will be more than enough. Just curious if anybody had any advice before I do this tomorrow?
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Old 11-29-2007, 11:03 PM   #2
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Re: Subflooring question!

Well, I haven't removed it yet. I am removing the rubber aisle though as it sticks up about 1/8" higher than the other rubber. I have about half of that up. I might leave the rest of the rubber. What do you guys think? If I left the aisle rubber in there, the wood would be bowed in the middle. Probably not enough to notice, but I want it perfectly flat. I have plenty of head room. I'm 6'1" and have about three inches over my head. I'm not worried about that. There will be an area under the sub flooring where the aisle way was where there will be a 1/8" gap between the wood and the metal floor. I don't think that will be a problem. My floor is going to be heated as well. That's the plan anyways.
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Old 11-29-2007, 11:28 PM   #3
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Re: Subflooring question!

I can't say enough about furring strips and insulation under the subfloor, but if you don't want to go that route I would atleast suggest using just a little liquid nails on the plywood to keep squeaks to a minimum.
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Old 11-30-2007, 03:05 AM   #4
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Re: Subflooring question!

we layed out carpet (brand new) in the back of our bus...it was a whole two days, maybe less before that rubber smell came thru...I say rip it out now while you can...ours will before we (I) put any glue on it.
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Old 11-30-2007, 01:05 PM   #5
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Re: Subflooring question!

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I went with the 3/4 strips & insulation
I have to ask, why the strips???
I just put the 1/2 pink down, taped the seams, put a vapour barrior on top and then laid 5/8" tounge and groove plywood on top. Nice floating floor.

But I defenetly would take that rubber stuff out.
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Old 11-30-2007, 01:46 PM   #6
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Re: Subflooring question!

I agree when I pulled out my rubber the bus smelled way better. I would lay felt paper between the metal and wood. It makes a big difference on squeaks and is a moister barrier.
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Old 11-30-2007, 03:26 PM   #7
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Where can I get felt paper? Is it very expensive? I'm waiting for the rain to stop before I go to Home Depot. I don't want to get my wood all wet. Maybe I'll just drive my bus up there to pick it up. Hmmmm....
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Old 11-30-2007, 03:31 PM   #8
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I see that Ace Hardware sells felt paper. $21 a roll. Should do the whole bus. Do you really think it would help with squeaks though? My bus smells fine with the rubber in there. I'm thinking that the rubber between the metal will help with squeaks. On the edges, I could use some liquid nails. What do you guys think?
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Re: Subflooring question!

Hi Matt,

What I did was removed the rubber, laid plastic for my vapor barrier, and screwed in 1/2" ply. To keep the plywood from squeaking, I laid strips of plastic between the cracks of the plywood. That way the plywood sheets don't rub with each other.

I used plastic because my bus has wood instead of metal. I think the felt would probably be better for the metal floor (I think the felt would allow the moisture to evaporate).

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Old 11-30-2007, 06:33 PM   #10
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Re: Subflooring question!

Well, I bought the sub-flooring. I decided against using the roofing paper. It smelled kinda bad. I am also going to cut my wood down to 7'8" and lay them in there sideways. I didn't want a seam down through the middle of the bus either. I am also screwing it all down to the metal. I can't imagine that after being screwed down to the floor, that it would squeak that much. I'm going to leave about a 1/8" gap between the wood and each wall. Then I'm going to fill it with liquid nails. I am going to put some liquid nails in where the sub flooring butts up against each other. Unfortunately, now I'm deciding if I should put some insulation on the floor. I'm thinking about the 1/2" thick sheets. I wouldn't use any wood strips. I'd just lay the foam down, and then lay the sub flooring on top. That would add an inch to my floor. But I just don't know if it would be that much of a benefit. I am going to electrically heat my floor anyways. The insulation would run me another $75, and I'd rather keep that money for now as Christmas is coming up. That would mean if I decided to buy it, I'd wait until after Christmas and that would put my flooring on hold. What do you guys think? Is the pink insulation worth it? It doesn't get too cold here, and I do most of my camping in the warmer months anyways. Then the floor will be heated electrically anywhere there is a walkway or somewhere you can stand. Carpet in the rear too.
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