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Old 2012-11-16, 05:54 PM
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I didn't want to post this because they're selling their product, but, it's defines well the three areas for concern with a basement floor.

1. Cracks in the floor due to hydrostatic pressure
2. Floor/Wall joint due to hydrostatic pressure
3. Capillary action Vapour transmission due to differential

http://www.permadry.com/index.php/so...basement-floor

Yes, you can do the 1x1 poly test on the floor, but that's no guarantee of future performance.

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For some people though the basement is somewhere to spend as little money as possible.
If that's the goal...then the basement should not be finished, period. Spending the least amount possible on a reno is not always the best option and most likely will lead to problems down the road that could end up costing more.
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Old 2012-11-17, 08:17 AM
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Nice....that is my #1 choice route right now. I have a few questions:

1. Why plywood and not OSB?

2. How much was the Platon and where is the best place to get it?

3. How did you get past the issue of getting the tapcon through the concrete? i.e. tools used that didn't break the drill bits

Will like to see pictures

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I went with 5/8" TG plywood on platon subloor, tapconed w/a plush berber. Both soft and warm because of the thermal break
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Old 2012-11-30, 02:14 PM
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Why not? We have carpet and zero issues.
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Nice....that is my #1 choice route right now. I have a few questions:

1. Why plywood and not OSB?

2. How much was the Platon and where is the best place to get it?

3. How did you get past the issue of getting the tapcon through the concrete? i.e. tools used that didn't break the drill bits

Will like to see pictures

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Hi England,

Sorry for the late reply.

1) Mainly for strength. I wanted something stronger, so if I went with OSB it likely would been thicker.

2) My contractor likely got it from HD, but doesn't hurt to contact them for distributors. Strange thing is it smells quite pleasant (recycled shampoo bottles)

3) By my account, they didn't break too many bits... I did see that they were using good ones tho...
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Old 2012-11-30, 02:23 PM
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Why not? We have carpet and zero issues.
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Nice....that is my #1 choice route right now. I have a few questions:

1. Why plywood and not OSB?

2. How much was the Platon and where is the best place to get it?

3. How did you get past the issue of getting the tapcon through the concrete? i.e. tools used that didn't break the drill bits

Will like to see pictures

cheers
Hi England,

Sorry for the late reply.

1) Mainly for strength. I wanted something stronger, so if I went with OSB it likely would been thicker.

2) My contractor likely got it from HD, but doesn't hurt to contact them for distributors. Strange thing is it smells quite pleasant (recycled shampoo bottles)

3) By my account, they didn't break too many bits... I did see that there were using good ones tho...
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It's been very confusing to select one of them that's why I prefer to have all three in three different areas with some area rugs which compliment our home.
Love your basement.
Who is your builder?
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Old 2012-12-05, 08:56 AM
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a low cost option for a basement floor is laminate directly on platon

osb is actually better for a basement sub because it conforms better than plywood to any minor humps and hollows
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He's a spammer. Ignore him!
I was being facetious.
I should have said, "I love your clearly linked photo"
The funny part is - he linked a photo not related to the spam link also inserted.

My new fun is changing their links to anti-spam info.

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Old 2012-12-05, 06:06 PM
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1) Mainly for strength. I wanted something stronger, so if I went with OSB it likely would been thicker.
edit: Technically OSB is engineered to be equivalent to plywood in strength. In some cases, it's stronger.
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Old 2012-12-06, 04:19 PM
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edit: Technically OSB is engineered to be equivalent to plywood in strength. In some cases, it's stronger.
This is a long on-going argument. Swelling and other issues are part of the equation. It's also important to not get misguided by the cost differential too.
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I put in a DRIcore subfloor, 1/2" underpad and a 70oz carpet... i have to say, absolutely the most comfortable room in the house. We spend more time in the basement than anywhere else in the house.

my choice for carpet was twofold... 1. comfort and 2. softness for the kids, which has already proven itself. My kids have bounced off the floor several times, completely unphased.
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