Apr 30, 2014 11:37 pm
I am extending my home with a concrete slab and want to lay real timber floor ie tongue and groove on battens to get the old style hollow sound. I have been advised to use Hard wood battens by many timber flooring suppliers.
Why Hardwood? would it not be difficult to secret nail the floorboards to hardwood. Is there any reason why I could not just lay termite treated MGP10 70x35 pine down as a battens and use that?
Any thoughts / advice appreciated.
Re: Laying Timber Floor Boards on Battens2
May 01, 2014 12:55 pm
I wouldn't be keen on using pine either unless you had enough height to allow 90 X 45 battens in pipe. . At the very least I would making battens from engineered plywood, which are less likely to bend and move.
Re: Laying Timber Floor Boards on Battens3
May 02, 2014 1:01 pm
The treated pine battens are fine, I use them all the time. Less prone to termites than the hardwood battens. Just remember once you start cutting them you need to splash some preservative over the cuts. Likewise the hardwood battens are simple to fix into. Either way I wouldn't settle for 450 centres, I take the opportunity to bring the battens into about 380 - just a little bit more solid is all
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