Saturday, April 20, 2013

Purchasing Luaun Wood From Home Depot

Purchasing Luaun Wood From Home Depot

If you plan on purchasing Luan Wood From Home Depot There are a few options out there for you. I'll make a list of the different types of wood sizes you can purchase and a link to purchase.

5.0 mm x 2 ft x 4ft

5.0 mm x 2 ft. x 4 ft. Moisture Resistant Underlayment Handy Panel Handy panels are perfect for small projects and repair work. They are easy to transport, lightweight, and priced right - everything you need to get a job done quickly.

1/8 In. x 4 Ft. x 8 Ft. Plywood

Model # 833096 Store SKU # 833096

Using Home Depot Luan Plywood Panels is recommended for everything from underlayment / subflooring for floors to cabinet sides and as wall paneling in an unfinished basement or RV. Using Luan Plywood which is very flexible and form fitting can take a load off on your renovation projects. Also, it can be used as a filler anywhere including outdoors. However you should consider priming the material with an oil based primer and then painted with an outdoor paint if being used outdoors. The recommendation would be to use with  primer in kitchen or bath applications

How to Choose The Right Plywood Grade From a Home Depot Locations 

Choosing the Right Type of Plywood From Home Depot:

Don't pick up just any plywood board for underlayment off at The Home Depot or Lowe's. Because plywood underlayment comes in various grades, you need to buy the right kind of luan plywood for underlayment usage. Here are a few tips that might come in handy when you are picking up the plywood underlayment:

•Resilient (Vinyl) Flooring: Using an  1/4" exterior grade AC plywood. Make sure that the smooth face of the plywood is up when you install for floor coverings.

•Wood Flooring: 1/4" to 1/2" exterior grade plywood. No need to choose AC grade plywood, since smoothness is not a prime concern with wood flooring. Even a rougher finished plywood, such as CD plywood will assist you in getting the project done.

•Ceramic Tile: When making this selection my recommendation would be to choose a  plywood underlayment  for ceramic tile rather than cementboard or fibercement board then use 1/2" AC exterior grade plywood. AC plywood means that one side is graded as "A" , which means smooth and sanded plywood. Which the other side is graded "C", which means rough as well as exhibiting knots as wide as 1 1/2"inchs.  Since the inferior "C" side is facing downward,

Home Depot Luan Specifications

Home Depot Specs | Luan Plywood Home Depot | Luan Plywood Specs
Actual product thickness (in.) .1063
Actual product width (in.) 48
Assembled Depth (in.) 96 in
Assembled Height (in.) 0.106 in
Assembled Width (in.) 48 in
Replacement product provided only
Manufacturer Warranty
Product warranted against glue
Plywood Type Hardwood Plywood
Pressure Treated No
Product Length (ft.) 8 ft
Product Thickness (in.) 1/8 in
Tounge and Groove No
PRODUCT SOLD : In Store Only
Model # 833096Item must be
picked up in store
confirm availability and pick up optionsProject Panels Cherry Plywood
PRODUCT SOLD : In Store OnlyModel # 1666Model # 1666
Internet 203552835

Great Tips For Bending Plywood

Using Luan Plywood as (Sub) Flooring

If you are looking at an inexpesive way to do flooring, you can use Luan Subflooring, as Finished Flooring. The trick here is to cut the plywood sheets into tiles, about 4x4. You can also do it in 2x2' or 2x4'. This way it doesn't look like you just cheapened out and painted the subfloor. Make sure to properly sketch the layout of the room you plan to floor so you can make the proper adjust with regards to full plywood sheets, and those that you will have to specialty cut to create a uniform look around the room.

. Great Tips For Bending Plywood

You don't need to pad between the subloor and the plywood, although I wouldn't recommend against it. (An acoustical foam underlay will help reduce noise). Lay the plywood sheets on top of the foam padding underlayment. Use glue and then use screws at the corners, as you lay the plywood. You can also use glue alone with no screws, however that might result in some curling of the plywood flooring, and of course you don't want that.

For the screws, you can spend a little bit of money, and get something different. You can use flat face screws, with 2 dimples. They are called tamper resistant screws, to be honest, I don't think the wood species matters. Once you have finished installing and screwing the plywood in, using wood putty or filler to fill the holes ad the sand it smooth.

Using plywood (luan/birch) as a top flooring is a unique and cost effective method for home improvement. Of course the cost cannot be beat, and you can throw down a mat or carpeting in high traffic areas, for example outside the kitchen or hallways.

Things to Remember when it comes to Plywood Flooring

There isn't going to be an isle in the home hardware or improvement store dedicated to Plywood Flooring, so you may have to think out of the box.

Materials to Use for Your Plywood (Luan/Birch) Flooring Project And Costing

6 sheets of five-ply 1/2-inch domestic Birch or Luan plywood for the flooring (less than $70 dollars)
3 sheets of three-ply 3/4-inch Baltic birch plywood for the trim (less than $100 dollars)
150 square feet of 1/8-inch acoustical foam underlay (under $30 dollars)
Handful of fasteners and  2 1/2-inch gold screws (under $10 dollars)
Wood putty or Filler (Under $10 dollars)
1 gallon of floor-grade polyurethane (under $50 dollars)

Checking Underlayment and Plywood Subfloor Thickness

Flatness: Checking the subfloor is flat to the recommended tolerances for the flooring you are laying. For installations using mechanical fasteners 1 1/2 inches and longer, underlayment and subfloors should be within 1/4 inch in 10 feet or 3/16 inch in 6 feet. For gluedown installations and those using mechanical fasteners less than 1 1/2 inches, the subfloor should be within 3/16 inch in 10 feet or 1/8 in 6 feet. The subfloor can be flattened by sanding down the high areas or by installing shims such as roofing shingles or various thicknesses of plywood.

Filling Knot Holes in Plywood

Removing Luan Underlayment Luan can be removed fairly easily. Just cut it into strips as long as there is no vinyl backing left. Getting all the staples removed or beat down is by far the hardest part. If it's ran underneath the cabinets use a sharp razor knife and score it several times and it should break off pretty clean. A lot of staples will have slivers of luan caught underneath you should either pull out or use needle nose pliers to remove the sliver then hammer then down flush. When you remove the luan don't want anything sticking up. It's a good idea to refasten the subfloor onto the joist with screws or screw shank underlayment nails. You should see how flat it is too... may have to belt sand some seams.

Using Luan Plywood as Finished Flooring 

 This would be an interesting approach to flooring.  It used it trailers and various other utilities, but not homes. If cost is an issue you can look into cheaper priced laminate or even some unfinished hardwood flooring (such as a #1 common red oak).

Should you choose to go this route, you will want to seal the top of the luan (stain if you choose to stain), then finish with a good finish. 

Make sure to buff each layer to ensure the finish adheres properly. Use a higher grit sand paper (at least 200 grit, upwards of about 350-400 grit) and ensure to buff lightly and evenly with a polisher. When spreading the layer of finish, do not spread it too thick. Rule of thumb is to spread many thin layers rather than few thick layers, this will give a stronger and better looking finish.

Cheap Luan | For Your Home Improvement Projects

Cheap Luan |  For Your Home Improvement Projects

You can pick up Luan Plywood for your Home Improvement projects at your local hardware for around $10 per sheet and then when layed you cut it place it into the floor and then stain it. It is a very cost effective way of doing or redoing any room in your house and you can put those extra savings back in your bank account.

Home Improvement Stores that Sell Luan Plywood Include: Home Depot, Canadian Tire, Lowes, Rona, and many, many home hardware and lumber stores. Luan is a very cheap and inexpensive material made of luan wood veneers sourced mainly from subtropical countries around the pacific rim, Africa and South America.

Luan Wood is a relatively cheap plywood material, in that it is made of a composite of tropical woods, partical board and adhesive. If you were to purchase more expesive plywood like Birch or Fir, then you might get more structural stability, but for small jobs, that luan can do, for the price it is by far the best value in the plywood board market.

Costing continued:

Another benefit of Luan Plywood is there is usually an odd number of plies, so that the sheet is balanced—this reduces warping. Because ply is bonded with grains running against one another and with an odd number of composite parts, it is very hard to bend it perpendicular to the grain direction.
It is flexible, inexpensive, workable, and re-usable, and usually can be manufactured locally. Ply is used instead of plain wood because of plywood's resistance to cracking, shrinkage, splitting, and twisting/warping, and because of its generally high strength. 


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