Monday, June 8, 2020

Choosing the Right Luan Plywood Door

Choosing the Right Luan Plywood Door 


If you need to replace an interior door in your home, luan is a cost effective choice that you can consider. All you need to do is go to your local home hardware store like a Lowes or a Home Depot they will have a variety of styles that you can choose from Prices range from very high to expensive f for custom doors to more inexpensive options for the do it yourselfers. Laun doors fall somewhere in the middle. They are an economical choice that will work in most homes.





 Lauan Materials 

Luan, more accurately spelled laun, is a conundrum. It is made of different varieties of mahogany, but it is not true mahogany; it is more closely tied to cedar. The confusion doesn't end there. The word laun refers to several different varieties of wood from southeast Asia. It is used to make plywood, which is also called luan or laun. Lauan plywood is thin and usually sold at retail in 1/4-inch thick sheets. The grain is fine, and it accepts stains and sealers well. Although some laun is pale, dense and hard, most of the materials available in the United States are reddish-toned, softer woods that are cut into thin veneer panels for plywood

 Lauan Door Construction

 Lauan hollow-core doors are plywood, and therefore cannot be called solid-core plywood doors. The framework of the door is constructed from strips and blocks of pine or another wood, and the frame is covered with a seamless sheet of laun plywood veneer. These doors are hollow, they are also lightweight and not very expensive. Most laun doors are sold bare, without stain, sealer or paint. This allows you to finish the door as you desire. There isn't decorative details in the construction; both sides are flat and plain. Decorative trim molding can dress up a laun door, and some companies manufacture hollow-core door murals that cover the surface like wallpaper.


 Applications For Luan Plywood  Doors 


 Lauan doors are for interior use only. For a homeowner on a budget, they are fully-functional doors that work in any room. Consider the level of humidity, such as in a bathroom or laundry, before installing. Lauan can warp, and the glued seams can separate in a damp environment. The hollow nature will not muffle or contain sounds like a solid door can. Craft-minded people use laun doors in interesting ways that have nothing to do with closing off a room. One door resting on a pair of short filing cabinets or another platform becomes a large, straight desk or table. Cut 8 inches off the length of a door and slip the open end over a 2-by-2 board that is fastened horizontally to the wall, and you have a floating shelf with no visible support. Fasten the shelf to the board from the bottom with 1-inch wood screws




Strength of Luan use in Plywood Doors : 

 Laun plywood doors can be damaged easily, and if you move fast around one you can easily put a hole in the plywood via your hand, legs or any object you are carrying, can easily put a hole through the veneer. If you do create a hole in the vaneer there are possible remedies for you to take and get the issue resolved. You can make a reinforcing patch mounted inside the hole. Cover the patch with wood putty, sand and then paint the door. Pet claws will damage the veneer, but you can sand out light damage and refinish the door. Doors in high-use areas, such as a primary bathroom, should fit the doorway without rubbing. Repeated opening and closing in a tight doorway will eventually pull the veneer off the frame.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Installing Mildew Resistant Drywall

Mildew resistant or as they say mold resistant drywall is a relatively new Option when doing your drywall renovation. Okay don't confuse mildew and mold in a proof drywall with waterproof drywall which is also known as green board in the renovation industry.

Mildew resistant drywall does not have a paper backing what it has is a fiberglass mat which is used as the fronting material. Install drywall you can install it the same way that you would for regular drywall as you would for the mold resistant drywall you can actually use the exact same tools and the same instructions.

When you install drywall make sure that you install the drywall board horizontal to the floor do not install it vertical because that can encourage the growth of mildew and mold on the drywall.

Steps:

1. When you measure the drywall you want to measure downward can use a tape measure, from the ceiling for vertical measurements from the top of the drywall sheet and then measure from the bottom of the top sheet down toward the floor for vertical measurement on the bottom sheet.

2. Start the measuring at the corner and measure horizontally then you can transfer those measurements to the drywall panel

3. Measure vertically and horizontally center measurements and if there's any pipes then you can cut circular to make an insert for that pipe can you give me again to transfer these measurements again to the face of the drywall panel

4. Chalk a line onto the face of the drywall board and then created cut line between two points that you have measured

5. When you cut the drywall make sure that your cut is deep and that it follows the lines that you have made on the face of the drywall board. Make sure that you completely break the surface of the drywall and you can use a fixed blade knife or a razor to make the cuts.

6. Fold any of The Unwanted drywall section 45 to 90 degrees then cut the paper backing of the drywall sheet and remove any excess drywall

7. Sand and smooth thick cut edge of the drywall sheet, using the drywall rasp.

8. Place the mildew resistant drywall sheet in an area of the wall where you wanted to go. Then have someone help you to hold it in place just ensure that the sheet is level.
9. Install screws every 6 in around the perimeter and then every 12 in in the field of the drywall sheet.

Tools Needed For The Job:

1. Measuring Tape.
2. Razor Knife
3. Drywall Circle Cutter
4. Pencil 5. Drywall Screw Gun with clutch
6. Drywall wood Screws

Never use a retractable razor knife when you are doing a drywall job you need to use a fixed blade because there's always a chance of an accident when you are cutting into the drywall.

When you are fastening the drywall near a pipe like a water pipe you need to make sure that the nail plates are installed and the studs were ever a Fastener could potentially damage the pipe.

It is possible to use drywall nails when you install mildew resistant drywall however there is a chance of damage to the surface of the drywall so it is recommended that you use drywall screws to do the installation.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Cheapest and Cleanest way to Replace Floors

Cheapest and Cleanest way to Replace Floors 

Floor replacement is usually a very time consuming and costly home renovations project. But the true costs will depend on the type of flooring material you want to use on the repair. When you have to replace the old floor but you have a limited amount of cash on hand, and don't want to overburden yourself, the best thing to do is to opt for a do-it-yourself flooring project. These types of flooring products typically have shorter time frames than the more expensive options like tile or hardwood flooring, but they can be a great cost effective replacement.

1st Option : Vinyl Tiles

Among the least expensive flooring options is vinyl material which is a peel and stick tile. It is available at the Big box do it yourself centres like Home Depot and Lowes, the tiles comes in a variety of shades and shapes. The best news is that these tiles can be installed directly over whichever vinyl or linoleum flooring you currently have in your home.

2nd Option: Vinyl Sheet Flooring

Sheet vinyl is just as inexpensive as the vinyl tiles are, and if you look hard enough you can find it sometimes cheaper. Its a little more work to install , however not exceedingly so. The vinyl sheet is cut to match the floor options you have chosen and the back is glued and fit to the sheet. Like vinyl tile, the existing flooring must be smooth, as any warping or misshapen tiles will show through the new floors that you install. In additional gluing is necessary beneath the seam joints to keep them from peeling back.

3rd Option : Laminate Flooring

Laminate Flooring is another type of flooring which comes in a wide range of prices, with the cheaper varieties that look like hardwood flooring. Laminate flooring is more complicated to install that vinyl flooring. Installation of laminate is not as easy for the do it yourselfer like vinyl sheets or vinyl tads , its a bit messier and does require a circular saw to cut the perimeter planks. Cut the planks outside your home in order to avoid creating a bigger mess within it.

4th Option : Carpeting

In order to install new carpeting the first thing that needs to happen is the old carpet will have to go and it has to be removed. You can use different tools to remove the old carpet, tack strip or flat bar, then claw and roll it up and get it ready for disposal. If you plan to stretch the new carpet leave tack strips and carpet pad in place. Carpet which can be glued down is among the cheapest types of carpeting jobs that is available for the home renovation DIY types. Roll down carpet from one side while applying glue while the carpet is being rolled. The process repeats on the other side, and its not difficult to complete just takes some time to ensure that everything is done right before gluing.


Friday, November 22, 2019

Luan as Underlayment And Tools and Materials

 Luan as Underlayment And Tools and Materials


Vinyl flooring is strong and available in a rainbow of colors and patterns, making it a top choice in kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms. Once installed, however, vinyl flooring forms tightly to the surface beneath it, showing uneven patches, bumps and depressions. Luan, a thin plywood underlayment material, is lightweight and not too difficult  install. Luan provides a smooth surface on which to install vinyl, it's not suitable for all types of vinyl flooring.



Luan Wood Video Series
Bending Luan Wood Video
Installing Luan Wood Video
Cutting and Installing Vinyl Over Luan
Installing Luan Over Subfloor
Laying laminate over Subfloor
Making Tile Flush With Subfloor
Attaching Luan To Subfloor
Working With Luan For Do It Yourselfers



Luan as Underlayment


It is 1/4 inch thick and it comes in 4-by-8 sheets. Being Made of mahogany, luan is manufactured by layering thin strips of mahogany at right angles and bonding them together under pressure to form large panels. The panels has a rough side and a smooth side. The smooth side faces upward when installing luan as an underlayment.

Tools and Materials


Setting luan requires a few basic carpenter equipment tools, like staple gun and a circular saw. A knife comes in handy for cutting the luan to fit around corners. Stock up on 1/4-inch crown staples that are 1 inch ilong. Luan installation doesn't require an adhesive between the subfloor and the luan, but if an adhesive is called for, choose a subfloor adhesive. A measuring tape and a chalk line are indispensable for making accurate cuts in the panels.

Installing Luan Panels


Luan installs on top of a subfloor since the sheets are not structurally sound and cannot take the place of a subfloor. Start in one corner of the room and lay a full sheet of luan perpendicular to the direction of the subfloor panels. Leave a 1/16 inch gap between the walls and the luan panel. Use a staple gun to insert 1/4-inch crown staples every 6 inches across the plane of the luan panel and every 2 inches along the edges. Install additional luan panels the same way, and leave a 1/16-inch expansion gap between panels.

Helpful Tips and Techniques


Use a chalk line as a guide on the backside of the panel. Cut luan with a circular saw from the backside to prevent splintering the face of the sheet. Luan is lightweight and thin enough that you can cut small areas from the front side with a utility knife. Make several medium-pressure cuts in the same groove rather than trying to cut through the panel with one forceful cut. Since vinyl flooring shows every bump and depression, it’s imperative that the staples are flush with, or slightly below, the surface of the luan. An easy way to check is by pulling the edge of a large metal taping knife over the surface of the luan. If any staples are sticking up – you’ll hear the clicking sound of metal hitting metal. Tap extending staples lightly with a hammer to drive them flush with the luan surface. Before installing the vinyl, sweep and vacuum all dust and small particles from the luan underlayment.

Things to Think About


When using luan as an underlayment for vinyl, it’s better to use sheet vinyl flooring as opposed to vinyl tile. Although luan offers a very smooth surface, it does not withstand moisture well and tends to swell and deteriorate when wet. The seams between vinyl tiles allow water from spills or mopping to soak into the luan, which can result in swollen plywood and lumps that are visible on the surface of the vinyl floor.

Thinking about Vinyl Flooring


Manufactured  flooring manufacturers list other types of underlayment that are similar  with their product. Some manufacturers will not warranty their vinyl product if you install it over luan, especially if you’re installing vinyl tiles. Alternatives include 3/8-inch, laminated AC-grade plywood and hardboard-type panels of a similar thickness.



Luan Wood Video Series
Bending Luan Wood Video
Installing Luan Wood Video
Cutting and Installing Vinyl Over Luan
Installing Luan Over Subfloor
Laying laminate over Subfloor
Making Tile Flush With Subfloor
Attaching Luan To Subfloor
Working With Luan For Do It Yourselfers

Monday, September 28, 2015

Installing Vinyl Tiles Over Existing Vinyl Tile Hallway - Luan Thickness and Sizing



Installing Vinyl Tiles Over an Existing vinyl Tile Hallway


When installing vinyl tiles over an existing vinyl tile hallway. It is better to attach luan plywood over the sub floor with ring shank nails. Depending on the existing floor if has 1/4" Masonite+1/8" vinyl tile on top of that I will add 1/4" laun plywood + 1/8" vinyl tiles. The best option is to use ring shank nails which are made exclusively for this purpose. Of course, as I mentioned, it depends on the existing floor and subfloors in your project. 


Some people that prefer to use vinyl have used 7/8” staples. When you install thin plywood it is best to have a staple gun made just for installing ¼” and also luan which has been pre-coated for 7/8”


With all underlayments, the fastener should penetrate the underfloor by ¾” (1.9cm), but not protrude through the underfloor by more than 1/8” which is about 3.2mm. If you have an underlayment which is replacing or being placed over an old floor covering like vinyl then the thickness of the existing flooring should be taken into consideration as well when you decide on which nail and the length of the staples used.

Scrubbing the Floor before Installing Luan/Vinyl



Scrub the floor to remove any debris from the floor before applying a very fine layer of motor or cement to the vinyl flooring this will serve as the base to apply the new top floor. Make sure to use a proper backing cement backing applied with screws works best for these types of renovation projects. 


The reason we clean the floor first before applying new top floor is to ensure there is a proper seal between the vinyl and top floor. Of course if you are using adhesive or cement that will aid in the contact between the floor and vinyl/ceramic and the luan plywood base. 


Instructions for Applying Plywood to the Subfloor 


  1. Set the plywood to sit for several hours in the room in which will be installed
  2. Make sure the subfloor is not wet and structuraly sound
  3. Install with 1″ deck scews into sheet of plywood, smooth side facing upward
  4. Make sure the underlayment sems are not aligned with the subfloor seams
  5. Lay the following plywood sheet – start along the longest wall and leave 1/4″ expansion gaps in between sheets and between the sheets the walls
  6. Secure the plywood sheet every 6″ – make sure to drive the deck screw heads bellow the surface of the plywood sheet
  7. Cut the plywood shets as required to follow the surface of the floor
  8. Apply floor patching over the screw heads and the plywood seams
  9. After the patching compound has dried, sand the compound
  10. Vaccum and wipe with a damp cloth all the resulting dust




    1/2 Inch Luan 4ft by 4ft


    Does Luan Plywood come in 1 inch (1 ") format? That's probably a very good question, but to be honest, Luan is usually found in formats or types of sizes ranging from 1/4 inches to 1/8 inches. Laun is a very thin material plywood, and is best used for interior purposes, with the primary purpose being for the underlayment of vinyl flooing. 1" Luan Plywood Boards would be very thick for the type of work they are designed to complete, however if you are in a crunch and need to correct the thickness for any home project, there is always the option to gluing pieces of luan boarding together until the correct depth has been reached.

    Installing Luan Wood Over Subflooring

    With thelong edges of the luan sheets should be offset from the subfloor by at least 4", and more is okay. The short edges of luan board (plywood) should 1/4 of the way between the joists, for example 4" from the joist if they're 16" O.C. and 6" if they're 24" O.C. You are correct about the spacing of the sheets. Also make sure to screw the two layers together, but avoid hitting the joists. The easiest way to do this is to use screws that are the same length as the thickness of both layers, 1 1/4" in your case.


    Locating Screws for Luan Wood Projects:

    Sometimes it's not possible to find screws that exact length, but you can find 1 1/2", and that's okay since you'll have very minimal penetration of the joists with that size screw. You want screws every 4-6" around the perimeter of the sheet, and every 6-8" in the field.

    Use deck screws, not drywall screws. You want them seated flush, but not below the surface. Depending on how many square feet you have to do, you may want to try to get your hands on a deck screw gun.

    If you go through 50-60 screws per sheet and have 30-40 sheets to do, it can be very time-consuming and back-breaking. This will give you an exceptionally strong subfloor that should hold up to just about anything.



    Using Wood Glue on Luan Plywood 


    Drywall Screws used to  attach Luan Plywood  should be used with wood glue to improve effectiveness. What you should do is also use some wood glue on the joints to ensure a solid seal. When using wood glue, and use it properly screws in luan plywood will have a stronger grip than just using the wood screws on their own. If you are doing a project near a water hazard, or a project that will be getting wet a lot, then you will want to use a wood glue with a tight bond 3 rating. If it will not be in contact with a lot of water any wood glue will do. 





    3 mm Luan Plywood Installation


    3 mm laun plywood is the top material for underlayment among home renovators and contractors. It's quality is unsurpassed, and it is extremly durable and long-lasting.

    Amoung Manufactuers of Vinyl Flooring, Hardwood Flooring, Tile Flooring, and Laminate Flooring, the choice is clear, and Luan is the top pick. Of course before you proceed with any home improvement product, you should check with your flooring manufacturer before you proceed with installation to confirm.

    1 inch plywood for Luan?

    Does Luan Plywood come in 1 inch (1 ")  format? That's probably a very good question, but to be honest, Luan is usually found in formats or types of sizes ranging from 1/4 inches to 1/8 inches. Laun is a very thin material plywood, and is best used for interior purposes, with the primary purpose being for the underlayment of vinyl flooing. 1" Luan Plywood Boards would be very thick for the type of work they are designed to complete, however if you are in a crunch and need to correct the thickness for any home project, there is always the option to gluing pieces of luan boarding together until the correct depth has been reached. 

    1/8 Luan Plywood Installation 


    1/8 inch lauan plywood is the top material for underlayment among home renovators and contractors. It's quality is unsurpassed, and it is extremly durable and long-lasting. Amoung Manufactuers of Vinyl Flooring, Hardwood Flooring, Tile Flooring, and Laminate Flooring, the choice is clear, and Luan is the top pick. Of course before you proceed with any home improvement product, you should check with your flooring manufacturer before you proceed with installation to confirm.





    Installing Luan Wood Over Subflooring

    With thelong edges of the luan sheets should be offset from the subfloor by at least 4", and more is okay. The short edges of luan board (plywood) should 1/4 of the way between the joists, for example 4" from the joist if they're 16" O.C. and 6" if they're 24" O.C. You are correct about the spacing of the sheets. Also make sure to screw the two layers together, but avoid hitting the joists. The easiest way to do this is to use screws that are the same length as the thickness of both layers, 1 1/4" in your case. 


    Locating Screws for Luan Wood Projects:

    Sometimes it's not possible to find screws that exact length, but you can find 1 1/2", and that's okay since you'll have very minimal penetration of the joists with that size screw. You want screws every 4-6" around the perimeter of the sheet, and every 6-8" in the field. 

    Use deck screws, not drywall screws. You want them seated flush, but not below the surface. Depending on how many square feet you have to do, you may want to try to get your hands on a deck screw gun. 

    If you go through 50-60 screws per sheet and have 30-40 sheets to do, it can be very time-consuming and back-breaking. This will give you an exceptionally strong subfloor that should hold up to just about anything. 


    Using 18mm plywood Underlayment

    Installing 18mm Luan Plywood Underlayment for your vinyl or laminate flooring project.


    Install Luan plywood with staples to the subfloor plywood using 18mm or longer staples. You should staple every 18mm  around the edges and every 20mm inches at the centre of the plywood boarding. At this point you have the choice to make as to whether you wish to use glue to adfix the luan to the plywood subflooring.



    Once this has been completed, you can sand all the seams so that they become level, and then any gaps or spaces, you can use high grade filler (wood) or otherwise, as recommended by the maker to finish the surface before installing top floor.

    Make one more visiual scan to ensure that there are no staples sticking above the seams of the luan underlayment, as this will disrupt the surface of vinyl or laminate top flooring when it is installed or during use. Any staples, rising above this level, should be tapped on with a hammer until flush.


    Common Plywood Sizes

    Luan Plywood Sizes 8 by 4 (8 x 4)Luan Board Plywoood Comes in a variety of sizes.. You may find hardwood and softwood plywood that are sold as 4 feet wide with a common length of a plywood sheet is 8', but you may come across four and twelve feet sheet lengths. The length and width are somewhat understandable, but I found the thickness dimension very puzzling.

    In America, 3/4", 1/2" and 1/4" are the most common plywood sizes available. But, a 3/4" plywood size should be labeled (now they have actually started to label it) as 23/32", 1/2" as 15/32" and 1/4" as 7/32". This slight difference becomes an issue during construction work. For example, if a person who is into woodworking, needs to put up 1/2" plywood shelf into the dado cut of the shelf standard, then he will find a noticeable gap making the shelf slightly sloppy in the dado. So, the woodworker will have to cut the dado at 15/32" to make the shelf fit without any sloppiness.

    The common varieties of softwood plywood are available in three, five and seven piles. Their length and breath dimensions are 1.2 m x 2.4 m (4 feet x 8 feet). The thickness dimension is 1/8 inch. For roofing you may use plywood sizes available in 3/8 inch. The floor boards are at least 5/8 inch in size, depending on the floor joists distance.


    uan Warped by Glue

    Because Luan Layers (or panels) are glued together, this will actually reduce the warping of the material when it is installed as underlayment for your Vinyl or Laminate Do-It-Yourself Home Projects. If luan plywood is warping, try using nails/screws and concrete adhesive to maintain the positioning of the luan underyment and prevent buckling of your finished floor. 

    When it comes to Finishing

    When it comes to finishing luan plywood board, the best option is usually a dark stain and several coats of polyurethane clear finish will bring luan plywood to a high luster. The best way to apply the stain is to have it brushed in or alternatively you can roll it in and then allow for the finish to dry and then use a polyurethane coating. Polyurethane can be brushed or rolled, onto the luan wood board, and once, finished and let to dry, you have the option for applying more coats as needed. Use the manufactuers guidelines with respect to applying additional coats of polyurethane. 



    Best Saw to Cut Plywood (Luan)


    What is the best saw to cut plywood with? Been thinking about this for a while now, and I guess the answer would be a table saw or a miter saw (compound) which are not only safe, but they are very accurate for the do-it-yourself home renovation specailist. They are able to deal very well with Plywood sheets between 4x8 and all you really need to do is just make sure the specs of the table saw match up to the work you plan to use them for. - Panel saws are not as effective for cutting plywood in these demensions but can be for larger s

    Using Luan Wood

    Here is quick storey about when I decided to use luan for some home projects around my property. I basically started with all the walls around my home and some of the wood cabinetry. When I started I purchased several sheets. As you known luan is a very affordable plywood product however, you must mind that it has not been rated by any plywood manufacturing association. Anyways, long storey short, I decided as the work inside my home continued to purchase more luan plywood sheets. I then tried to stain it to see how the luan wood would look, and leave it as an interior finish. I was amazed at the quality, and the finish.


    Luan is unusual in that it is a tropical an exotic wood, and sometimes it's patterns and quality can change from batch to batch. Honestly you really need to look out for this is you are working on a big project, and then appearance becomes paramount. If you are working on smaller projects, where the grain of the luan wood will be out of sight, it's likely not as much of a worry for you in that case. When you buy a batch of luan wood plywood sheets, and you see that one is much darker than the other there is a simple solution which just involves using a darker stain to even out the appearance, I mean its a small trick but it works, and the luan pieces look great, in addition to being economical to use as well.

    Something else to not is that when you purchase luan in the 2x2 sheet, after some time you'll find that if these pieces get wet, and something which I have spoken about on this board, the luan wood plywood can become warped and disjointed. 

    What is Bendy Plywood: Is Luan Bendy? 


    Bendable Plywood (Luan) Applications Bending Luan plywood (Bendy Plywood) can be used in different interior applications and for many types of woodworking projects. Luan Plywoods and Veneers are used for building cabinets and furniture with rounded corners as it can conform to a tight circular shape without splitting or cracking. Bending plywood is very simple and convenient to use as it does not require any special knowledge, experience, or equipment. This plywood can easily be bent to shape without the complex process of steaming the wood in order to bend or keep it into a curved shape. 


    There are two types of Luan:

    Luan Type 1 with an exterior glue, is the more resistant to delamination, and should be installed under very durable flooring

    Luan Type 2 with a water-resistant glue.


    The type is normally indicated on the panal edge. Usually on the 4 foot edge, on the 4x8 sheet. There are three possible standards of Luan, which are

    BB - the highest grade and should be used whenever possible.


    OVL (Overlay)
    APA’s installation guidelines for 1/4-inch plywood should be followed when installing lauan plywood, but installers BEWARE: Lauan is made under a wall-panel specification of the International Hardwood Products Association (IHPA). No manufacturing specifications support its use or gauge its performance as an underlayment



    Plywood Underlayment Installation Instructions for Vinyl and Other Flooring (Halex Plywood Products)

    Plywood Underlayment Installation Instructions for Vinyl and Other Flooring (Halex Plywood Products)

     In order to prepare the Subfloor, you must first make sure  the existing subfloor is totally dry, held in tightly and structurally sound, and smooth.

     Replace any soft, decayed or delaminated areas of the subfloor. Add ring shank nails to any area of the subfloor that squeaks, has vertical movement, or is warped or cupped. Scrape any construction debris, paint, caulk, or drywall compound that has built up on the surface.

    If there are any uneven spots, you can level this with patching compound then sand joints, high spots, and patched areas until smooth. Conduct Moisture Test if this is required.

    How to Install a Subfloor With Luann Plywood


    When installing luann, you can place the laminate directly over the luann plywood. This will work regardless of room temperture, and will lock out moisture if that is a concern of yours as well. When you attach the flooring, use staples with a quarter crown. They are small and fast, and they won't leave holes if you decide down the line to refinish the flooring. Also leave quarter inch expansion at all vertical walls. This is important to allow for strinkage and expansion during different climate conditions which you may experience throughout the year. Read More


    Installing Subflooring for Laminate, Vinyl, Tile or Hardwood (With Luann Plywood) 
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    1. Use as thick a subflooring material as you can, or you can find. This will be important when moving on to the grout and tile work. 2. Stiffen the floor to ensure that the new subfloor will be strong than the previous flooring. 3. Nails may not be strong enough for installation and may pop out. Use a ring shank nail, and it is basically a screw. Read More

    Luann As an Underlayment For Vinyl

    Because Vinyl, forms very tightly to the surface floor when installed it tends to show all uneven patches, and groves. To reduce the appearance of surface floor when you install Vinyl, or any other flooring material a good choice to use is Luan. Luan, is a thin plywood underlayment that is light, and very simple to install. While Luan does help in smoothing out surface floor irregularities, it is not always the best solution for all flooring types. Read More



    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.

    What is Anigre Veneer? 


    If you're looking for a higher end plywood board material or exotic veneer, look no further than Anigre Veneer. Anigre Veneer is actually an African Hardwood, and it is usually used for higher end interior furniture design, as well as the upper end millworking projects, such as Home Entertertainment and Luxury Design. It comes in board form for those that wish to apply it to prjects such as marine use, or construction and carpentry. 



    How to Stop Curling or Warping of the Plywood Subfloor.

    You should use nail/screws along with adhesive glue to ensure that your plywood stays in place after installation. It's a pretty simple trick but it works to prevent it from coming out of place and warping. 

    You don't need to pad between the sufloor and the plywood. Use glue and then use screws at the corners. 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. Just make sure that you buy quality materials. Cost cannot be beat, and you can throw down a mat or carpeting in high traffic areas, for example outside the kitchen or hallways


    Luan Wood Video Series




    Using Luan Wood on Interior Doors




    Best Wood For Door? (Luan Wood) Is Plywood Luan the best choice for materials in your interior door selection? When purchasing interior doors, is there something that you should look out for to give you the idea of it's overall value. In looking at the characteristics of a certain type of wood (plywood) that is generally used for interior doors, for the money Luan Wood Composite




    Doors are the best. I have arranged on this page a listing of various manufactuers and resellers of Luan Composite Interior Doors which you can purchase for your home as well. The big box stores such as Lowes and Home Depot might be your best bet, but somethings you can find a value if you look hard enough.



    Thursday, May 28, 2015

    Gyp-Crete 2000®/3.2K Data Sheet - MAXXON

    Product Description: Gyp-Crete 2000®/3.2K by Maxxon is a gypsum floor underlayment is engineered to deliver compressive strengths up to 3,200 psi (22.1 MPa), also delivering enhanced resistance to surface abrasions and even faster drying time.


    This is a newer technology so it should work better than standard materials.

     It's ideal for use over wood or concrete subfloors in single family, light commercial, and multifamily construction, as well as renovation projects. Its crack-resistant surface provides a perfect base for practically any floor covering. Now always a "green" building material, Gyp-Crete 2000/3.2K is an ideal gypsum floor underlayment for sustainable building projects.

    1 – CHECK FOR DRYNESS FIRST


    Ensure for dryness are accurate relative humidity probe systems that allow for easy and continuous monitoring of the drying process. Watch the guideslines the respective floor goods manufacturer’s recommendations for relative humidity requirements.

    For example, most flooring manufacturers typically require RH not exceeding 75-80%. Moisture meters can be used to determine approximate Moisture Content (MC) and determine where to place RH tests.

    When a moisture meter is required, use a pin invasive type such as a Delmhorst model G-79 or Delmhorst BD2100. (On the model BD2100, make sure you are on Scale 3 “gypsum,” after this use the digital display only, do not use the color coded LED indicators). In pours over 11⁄2" thick use insulated pins  that can be drilled holes at various points and thicknesses. Ensure that it works well  with the floor goods manufacturer’s recommendations for moisture content — typically 5% or less on the above mete

    Apply OVERSPRAY

     Make certain the surface to receive the Overspray is free of mud, oil, grease and other contaminants. For maximum results, the Overspray is applied about 1–2 hours before applying the adhesive application. Latex adhesives will not achieve maximum bond until moisture has dissipated. (Note: Level-Right® Maxx does not need to be primed.)


    TIPS FOR USING WITH WOOD / LAMINATE FLOORING TYPES 

    Prepare the underlayment according to Steps 1 and 2 on the cover of this brochure.

    USING  GLUE-DOWN INSTALLATIONS . 

    Other adhesives may also be compatible. Before applying any adhesive, make sure the luan underlayment is clean and has passed a dryness test. Apply primers and adhesives according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

    QUESTIONS ABOUT UNDERLAYMENT AND INSTALLATION 



    If you have any questions about the compatibility of primers and adhesives perform a small test patch installation. Let the test area set for 72 hours before removing the flooring


    Instructions for using with Radiant Floor Heating Systems Luan Plywood

    Adhesive based laminated hardwood systems are usually  the most stable flooring systems for use with radiant heat. The cross-plies of the flooring and underlayment make the surface very stable and resistant to excessive expansion and contraction. Many wood flooring manufacturers produce pre-finished, square-edge laminated hardwood floors that are indistinguishable from nail-down systems. Since laminated systems are generally thinner than nail-down systems, the radiant system performance is improved due to lower resistance from the floor covering.


    When using with Solid Wood Flooring 


     Attach solid wood flooring according to the instructions 

     Make sure that you put the sleepers are installed directly on the luan plywoodsubfloor and tubing is installed between the sleepers. The spaces are then filled with an approved luan Underlayment to provide a thermal mass. Once the luan underlayment has dried, a vapor barrier is laid down and the flooring boards are nailed directly into the nailing sleepers that were installed on the luan plywood subfloor. The advantage of this system is that the flooring creates minimal insulation above the heating system. The disadvantage is that the flooring can only be nailed to a sleeper which may not provide enough fastening.




    On Grade Concrete Flooring and Luan Plywood Underlayment

    On-Grade Concrete Floors and Luan Plywood Underlayment

     a. The slab must be of good quality, standard density concrete with low water/cement ratios consistent with placing and finishing requirements, having a maximum slump of 4″, a minimum compressive strength of 3500 psi, and following the recommendations of ACI Standard 302.1R for class 2 or class 4 floors and the Portland Cement Association’s recommendations for slabs on ground.


    b. The concrete slab must be dry, clean, smooth, structurally sound and free of foreign materials that might prevent adhesive bond as described in ASTM F-710, “Standard Practice for Preparing Concrete Floors to Receive Resilient Flooring”. The cleaner the slab the better, the adhesion properties.


     c. The concrete slab must be protected from ground moisture with an effective and intact vapor retarder that conforms to the requirements of ASTM E-1745, “Standard Specification for Water Vapor Retarders Used in Contact with Soil or Granular Fill Under Concrete Slabs.”


    d. The concrete slab must be placed directly on the vapor retarder.


    e. The concrete must be wet cured with a moisture-retaining curing cover. Do not use spray-on curing compounds because these reduce the drying rate of concrete and can interfere with adhesive bond.


    f. Before installation of the finished flooring, moisture, alkali and bond testing must be conducted.


     1) Moisture testing must be performed in accordance with ASTM F-2170 “Standard Test Method for Determining Relative Humidity in Concrete Floor Slabs Using in situ Probes” (preferred method) or in accordance with ASTM F-1869, “Standard Test Method for Measuring Moisture Vapor Emission Rate of Concrete Subfloor Using Anhydrous Calcium Chloride.” See the section on Moisture Testing for more details.

    2) The surface of the concrete must have a pH of 9 or less. 3) Bond testing must be run to determine compatibility of the adhesives to the concrete slab.

    Top Pick for Subfloors- Luan Wood


      The top material for underlayment among Home Renovators and Contractors is the 1/4 inch Luan plywood. It's quality is unsurpassed, and it is extremely durable and long-lasting. It is also among the Manufacturer's of Vinyl Flooring, Hardwood Flooring, Tile Flooring and Laminate Flooring. The choice is clear, and Luan has to be the top pick. Of course, before you proceed with any Home improvement product, you should check with your flooring Manufacturer before you proceed with any installation that needs to be confirmed.


      There are types of Luan:


    Luan Type 1:  wood with an exterior glue is the more resistant to delamination, and should be installed under very durable flooring

    Luan Type 2: wood with a water-resistant glue.





      The Type is normally indicated on the panel edge. Usually on the 4 foot edge, on the 4 x 8 sheet. There are possible standards of Luan, which are:


    BB -   Best Graded 

    CC -   Medium Graded

    OVL-  (Overlay)



    APA’s installation guidelines and WARNING!!! : 
     When using 1/4 inch plywood, Instructions should be followed when installing Luan plywood, but Installers BEWARE: Luan is made under a wall-panel specification of the International Hardwood Products Association (IHPA). No manufacturing specifications support its use or gauge its performance as an underlayment.