Plywood Flooring – An inexpensive alternative to hardwood floors (1)



you okay so I'm just going to talk a little bit about the flight way that we chose here and we'll get started with the project so as you saw in the intro there we bought our plywood at Home Depot there's a lot of options and we ended up going something a little bit more expensive than the cheaper stuff but still a softwood still a pine plywood and basically what this is is a sanded now it's 3/4 inch a little bit thicker think you're thicker plywood and it's very very nice it has the least amount of defects in it knots and stuff like that looks very very nice and it's already pre sanded on one size older have a little bit of finish sanding to do but not much you can go real cheap guys you can get stuff that's 15 16 17 bucks a sheet it is a lot thinner it has a lot more defects in it and it does not lay quite as flat I mean some of the stuff it was real wavy and I am NOT using construction adhesive to apply this like I've seen a lot of other people do I just you know looking at the cost of construction adhesive I would have spent the difference on construction adhesive to get the cheaper stuff to lay flat and I'm just going to use like a traditional hardwood floor with this and lay it down and nail this is also the thickness of a traditional hardwood floor so it's about 3/4 of miniature what they call 23 30 seconds so you shouldn't see the tag there at the beginning if you want the information on it but real real nice nice stuff so I had Home Depot rip this down into sixteen inch sections they were not able to do a full down in my 8 inches which I want to do I was actually going to do 6 inches but I chose 8 inches here is for ease of cuts and so I'm gonna do here is just rip this down into my 8 inch planks and of course you have to start with a super fancy expensive custom garage sale table saw which is nothing about the bust here at the ssl family you don't have to have any expensive obviously i've got a an outfeed thing that i built over there to hold the wood as it comes off the saw this is a super cheap garage sale table barely barely works but it's going to handle what we need to so I'm going to go ahead and get this ripped down and then I'll show you what we're doing upstairs to get prepped and ready for the hardwood or the plywood flooring okay I've got a small stack of our plates here that copy just going to find the bossy side of each plank here and I'm using a super fancy sanding block here they have a piece of 2×4 a piece of a hard grip sanding paper state into it and I just want to take the edge off of these so I'm not going to spend a lot of time seeing each one but you just kind of round this Eddy that's what as much time as I would spend on it just knocks that corner off and will be buckle the two pieces of 40 points but together it looks real nice so underneath at all the plates here then stack the finish ones to the side all right we got our clanking cut into eight inch strips and sanded down that I've picked the best side of each one I got them all staff here in a little room initially kind of you up day out of what we've done so far to room obviously we've tore down all the carpet so taking all the moldings off as well because I want the hardwood to go right underneath I'm going to re put those Holdings on after I finish up with everything it did paint the room already did all that other stuff which is important for the 40 so we've got this our Barry LSD floor here and we're ready to get started with getting things laid out I chose to use some of the sculpt papers roofing felt paper there's a lot of different ideas on this whether it's needed or whether it's not but I wanted to just add a little bit of a kind of a moisture barrier on top of this LSD in case something spilled or you get a little wet spots and things like that it's just a little extra protection for this OS because this stuff but if it gets wet it really rocks it I also heard that it keeps squeaking down and it keeps the fly the floor a little quieter and so I had a roll of this muffled Red Hook what I hold the chicken – I bought a roll and I only needed a little section so I'm going to go ahead and run this out and cover the whole floor with it I'm just using a staple gun to I'll get this laying down flat and now I'll show you how to laying out the flooring now the reason I have all put it up here and not outside is it's wintertime here in Michigan and I wanted this wood to get acclimated to our temperatures and humidity in here so I'll fit up here for a couple days and I'm working with it all up here so always be at the same temperature as the room that I work in I've wondered that most of the wood you get into a whole Depot is pretty wet even this plywood moisture kind of tend to pretty high so I'm not going to be needing any spaces in between the flooring as I put it down even over at winter because I have a feeling it's going to shrink up a little bit now I have a giant gap shinto in here okay so we've got all our fault paper now already certainly our planks our soil this is the actual fun part of this project that makes it so far but the first thing I did here is that you can kind of see a chalk line that I've run down close to the center of the room here and so what this is going to do is give me a guide each involved my planks straight and a good starting point for me to work in each direction away from the stats of that starting point I don't want to start up one side of the room and then work my planks all the way across the room that way just do the experience with ducky ends up making it difficult for you to keep everything straight as you go you know capita you know gap and fix things all along the way and a lot of times by the time you get to the end you know you're off by a quarter an eighth to half or even more this way if I'm off by a little bit by the time I get to the end it's going to be covered by the moldings on each side of the wall so I can be off by as much as almost a half an inch or a 5/8 of an inch and still be covered by that molding sort of to worry about gapping boards as I go up quite as much I've also started my chalk line rate at a point where it's going to people right into this closet so I'm gonna be able to put a board here right underneath this molding and run it straight down the middle of the room here it's almost nil group and then right into this closet that way I don't have to notch around this this corner I might have to do that on the other side of my door opening here but at least I don't have to both places alright once I've got everything laid in place here where I want it I'm just using inch and a quarter Brad nails to nail this down into the subfloor inch and a half would probably be better but unfortunately my pneumatic air nailer here does not take anything larger than inch and 3/8 so this is what I've got and I think it'll work just fine so as we're going along here in the floor I'm not doing any type of a particular pattern I'm actually keeping it kind of random so the Hawaii here with the wider planks amening is kind of mimicked like an old farmhouse type look it's going to be kind of a rustic floor so you know back when they may have gone and cut the lumber off their land or you know had planks cut from trees on the land whatever they had available and just whatever length points they have that's what they put in so generally there's not a pattern in those old type of rustic floors so I'm not doing you know there's not going to be any lines that line up or it seems that line up across the floor here it's going to be you know all kind of random also in the same thing with the nails I'm not going to put a nail here to nail here a nail here you know all the way across I'm doing them you know they'll hear I'm going to put them you know in different places and so I'm going to make that kind of random as well I'm not putting any nails down the center of the wood I'm doing all the nails along the edges and I am putting a minute of it a little bit of an angle outwards on each one here so that just helps so the nail is kind of Bend when they get into the water this secures a little okay so we've got this this little space walks along the wall here and I'd build up some smaller shorter or thinner pieces of plank in there these moldings here just a shy too low to the ground enough not enough gap at the bottom here to get the hardwood under so I'm using this sawzall to trim those back a bit okay for our threshold here into the doorway our entryway I just knocked out a piece of clunking so that it will kind of fit into that threshold a little bit underneath the door and I'm going to get a piece of that flooring trim that will cover this gap between the carpet in the wood and so I just have to turn this back the appropriate length and then that will be covered all off with a nice piece of shredded I'll staining all right the last piece see if it's all right I think that's going to wrap it up for this video I'm actually going to do a separate video on kind of finishing the floor and seeing and sealing you know my kind of stuff I want the video to run too long I couldn't be happy with the way this is all turned out so far the floor is real solid it just feels really good are they laying down nice and flat and I think this is going to even go into the soft wood it seems to be so far this is going to be a pretty durable long lasting floor so only time to tell the story of how how it laughs and all the works here but of course I'll keep you guys updated that turned out to be some kind of a big mess we'll let you know that as well but I think this is going to work out great just a smells nice in here I love the smell of a kind looks really good so I'm going to kind of in with some close-up shots on the floor of that and again I'll put a link at the top here like a second part of this video off and you guys can check that out as well as always you guys subscribe the channel if we're going to follow along and see the updates and things like that go ahead and guys on board hit thumbs up on the video you found it informational or educational or even entertaining at all I hope you hear you hear your opinions and comments so hit hit or for your comments down below as well question journey and you guys have up up here and so as always guys thanks for watching have a good one

25 Comments

  • Subz 2Pewdz

    April 14, 2019

    so did it last

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  • Truth Finder

    April 14, 2019

    looks good i did not know tht Ted Cruz did flooring work lol sorry sorry dont kill me your voice sounds like him i thank its cool lol

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  • The Tinkerer's Wife

    April 14, 2019

    I forgot to mention, good friends of ours laid full sheets of plywood down and coated it.nit us beautiful and has lasted really well. He has recoated the finish in a few places only a couple times in 30 years to keep it looking fabulous.

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  • The Tinkerer's Wife

    April 14, 2019

    Really like this idea. If a hardwood it would be even more durable and still less that traditional flooring. My tinkered is going to have to watch this one.

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  • The Bob Smith

    April 14, 2019

    yeah Michigan!!!

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  • john Smith

    April 14, 2019

    I guess if I lived in a trailer park and was on welfare I would enjoy this floor… Very tacky no resale value whatsoever

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  • Kenneth Bailey

    April 14, 2019

    A lot of pro flooring guys use roofing paper.

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  • ishopatkmart foru

    April 14, 2019

    They wouldn't even do one rip cut for me

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  • Leah Drake

    April 14, 2019

    cool

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  • Our travelingzoo

    April 14, 2019

    I like the roof paper also. Nice job

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  • Aaron T

    April 14, 2019

    Bless his little white socks.

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  • soft metals

    April 14, 2019

    Bet he's not walking this floor without shoes these days.
    But cheap idea for work shop

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  • Ajay Kumar

    April 14, 2019

    Nice

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  • nuter2007

    April 14, 2019

    Cabot’s honey teak oil would look amazing on that

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  • ThePeopleVerse

    April 14, 2019

    I know this is years old but I gotta say something here. The real problem is this plywood is a soft wood. It will dent and ding anywhere a single heavy point is put. Those people that have pine board floors are either looking at the original sub floor or someone put down what is called "Arkansas pine" or heart wood pine. It is practically as hard as oak. Speaking of oak, oak plywood is about 38 bucks a sheet. 12 to 18 bucks more a sheet. That's about 100 dollars or so more to do the whole room … and in oak. Food for thought.

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  • rjravaz

    April 14, 2019

    awesome job! Floors still holding?

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  • FIRTINA 01

    April 14, 2019

    Plywood has too much chemicals to breath for long time. Better to cover with something. He wasted his time

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  • orrie manley

    April 14, 2019

    Fukcing stupid

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  • Pat Loh

    April 14, 2019

    Really?

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  • Philip Gooch

    April 14, 2019

    LMAO no shoes removing carpet. Waiting for an accident.

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  • tennewsongs

    April 14, 2019

    Are the people who are saying this is a bad idea the same that want 20/sq. ft. to install "engineered" flooring, i.e. plywood with a veneer?
    My current pine board floors were installed in 1860 and my previous house had "engineered" flooring so I think I have a pretty good perspective. Properly finished plywood floors will hold up very well and AC or BC plywood has a thick enough top layer to be refinished at least once possibly twice, the same as en "engineered" floor. And an improperly finished plank wood floor will fail if not properly finished.
    Before you listen to the armchair lol-ers commenting here I suggest you look up John Heisz and his "I build it" channel. He's a master carpenter who has installed these floors in two of his houses. If you watch those videos and still "lol" then you're probably a moron.

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  • Salvatore Volpe

    April 14, 2019

    You know what would’ve been a good idea would have been to router and spline it. This way the edges wouldn’t pop up and it’ll be locked in a tongue groove sort of fashion all the way around

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  • Rick Craft

    April 14, 2019

    Wow…. a real nut job. Brad nailer??

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  • Cod Man

    April 14, 2019

    If that floor gets wet OMG not even treated smell rot mold warp FAILURE but good job

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  • Divino Oliveira

    April 14, 2019

    Why did you cut the board? Put straight without cut it, just do tongue and gruve and install whit the nails on side. Ease and beautiful! Strong as well.

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