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Posted by Jay J -Moderator on April 26th, 2001 08:17 AM
In reply to Basement floating floor by Angelo Belli on April 25th, 2001 06:10 PM [Go to top of thread]

Hi Angelo,

I'm assuming you have a concrete floor since you're asking about laying poly down ...

Cut a 2' x 2' piece of poly and duct-tape ALL 4 sides COMPLETELY down to the floor. Wait 2 days. If you simply have some condensation, then you have some moisture. IF you have large dropletts, then you may have a bigger problem.

You may need to 'level' your floor with a floor leveler. You'll then want to install 'sleeper' joists on the floor. Then, on top of that, a subfloor (of sorts.) If you only have condensation, then DON'T cover the floor w/poly. Let the flooring below breath and use a dehumidifier to remove any excess moisture.

Personally, if the basement is below grade, I don't recommend this type of flooring. In short, consider berber carpeting or indoor-outdoor carpeting. I like to leave the floor with the ability to breath.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: For carpeting, you don't need to level the floor or install sleepers.

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