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Forum topic by patcollins posted 10-05-2013 11:15 PM 1159 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-05-2013 11:15 PM

I’m working toward installing laminate flooring in my house and the instructions say the subfloor needs to be flat to within 1/16” every 3 ft, which seems like quite a tight tolerance. I have this one spot where two pieces of subflooring come together making quite a hump. I tried everything to get the hump down, I pulled out all the nails, used a handsaw and cut a kerf between the two pieces thinking that they were just too tight. The hump relaxed a little bit, I put drywall screws in the holes left by the nails but I still had quite a hump. I started sanding with 36 grit, after an hour and a lot of sweat (and swearing) it was slightly flatter. I took a couple days off because I was pretty frustrated with that hump then it hit me. I have the harbor freight #33 handplane I figured what the hell and started using it on the plywood subfloor at that hump, long story short after about a half hour the hump is gone! Not I am sure I broke every hand planing technique in the book but I dont care what it looks like and am happy to be rid of that damn hump.

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#1 posted 10-05-2013 11:23 PM

Sometimes you “gotta do what you gotta do”. Don’t beat yourself up. You used your head and solved the problem.

-- Life is good.

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#2 posted 10-21-2013 12:20 AM

Hmmmm Gonna have to try this. My floors have so many humps that once a week I hear “Hey! Guess what day it is!” Never even occurred to use a plane on it. Thanks for sharing!

-- God bless, Candy

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