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Old 01-07-2018, 01:51 PM   #16
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Sure, the layout can continue thru out but tell us more about the installation. Is this on a concrete slab or wood framing? What kind of shape is the substrate in?
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Old 01-07-2018, 03:08 PM   #17
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Generally speaking, if you have some windows that allow direct sunlight to hit the floor, you'll want to plan for some soft joints in those areas.
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Old 01-07-2018, 06:18 PM   #18
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the house is about 6 years old. The subfloor is 3/4 OSB. I will install 1/2" plywood with screws on top of that. I will set 1/4" durock with thinset on the plywood. The floor joists are 2x12. They pass the deflectometer test.
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Old 01-07-2018, 06:19 PM   #19
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There will be no direct sunlight.
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Old 01-07-2018, 09:48 PM   #20
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Then I'd make sure there is a soft joint at every doorway, and break up every room that has a run of more than 20 feet. Use a color-matched caulk in place of the grout for a joint somewhere in the middle of the room, or if you have a joint that will be covered by furniture, you can do that as long as the continuous runs of tile will be 20 feet or less.
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Old 01-08-2018, 07:17 PM   #21
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Also, leave a soft joint around the perimeter.
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Old 01-09-2018, 03:30 AM   #22
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I plan on starting in the center of the job. I have kids and a 65 lb labrador. Any tips on how I can keep them from stepping on the tiles during the job? I plan on using mapai Large format tile thinset. What is the approximate time that they can walk on it possibly by accident without me having to worry too much? My kids are about 80 lb max.
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Old 01-11-2018, 09:22 AM   #23
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subfloor screws

Quick question...

Can I get away with using 1-1/4" subfloor screws to go through 1/2" plywood into 3/4" OSB?

Thanks!
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That's about what you want so you don't penetrate too far. I used the slightly longer screws for the same application as the smooth area of the shank was longer and i didn't want any screw jacking.
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Those would be fine. The main worry of over penetration is going through the subfloor and into the joist.You could use longer screws, just don't screw through both layers and into the joist.

Be sure to follow the nailing/ screwing schedule.
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OK Great!
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Old 01-12-2018, 10:50 AM   #27
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Christopher, the requirement in that application is that the fasteners fully penetrate the bottom layer of subflooring.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Old 01-16-2018, 05:36 AM   #28
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How many screws?

Hi Guys!

I really appreciate all of your help so far!

I almost have all my existing floor taken up and I am getting prepped for putting things back together.

I will be using durock on my (1000 sqft) floor.

Do you have a ballpark idea of how many screws I might want to purchase to do the job? I don't mind too many, but I really don't want to be short.

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Have you read the Durock installation instructions?

They say to use screws 8" o.c. That's one screw every 2/3 foot, or every 4/9 square foot, so 2.25 screws per square foot. Thus approximately 2,250 for 1000 square feet. A bit more due to the boundary, so get 2,500 to 3,000.

I trust you'll be bedding the Durock in thinset as per the instructions.

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Christopher, I've combined four of your first five threads on your project here so folks can see what you're working on and what's been previously asked and answered. We can give it a more generic title any time you'd like to suggest one.
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