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Unread 04-04-2005, 09:29 AM   #1
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Handling plywood flooring sheets

Hi guys,

I have another question regarding the plywood sheets to reinforce my subfloor.
I understand that all these sheets are 8x4 feet which is a pretty awkard size to handle.
My question is, would it be okay to have them cut in half before delivery and then start working with 4x4 sheets instead, or is that counterproductive?

Again thanks for the advice.
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Unread 04-04-2005, 09:57 AM   #2
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I'm just another DIYer, but I'm sure everyone is going to tell you to not cut the sheets in half. You will want to offset the 4x8 sheets so that the seams are offset by at least 2 feet and 4 feet is better. That adds strength to the overall structure by not lining up the seams where there is a natural weakness.

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Unread 04-04-2005, 10:05 AM   #3
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Thanks, I was kind a expecting this answer.
I guess I just have to fiddle around with those big sheets.

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Unread 04-04-2005, 11:26 AM   #4
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Heiko --

Don't cut up the sheets. At the big box stores you can find plastic handles that hook under the bottom of the sheet and and make them easier to handle.

And be sure to install all plywood with the face grain perpendicular to the joists.
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Unread 04-05-2005, 10:40 AM   #5
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You Can Cut Them, But...

I cut them all the time, especially when I am trying to get them up a narrow winding set of stairs and into a tiny bathroom.

Now the But part:

You will lose strength for every cut, and I like to install blocking between the joists for each seam, so that is a lot of blocking.

I like to use inch and a eighth T&G Sturdi-Floor Ply, which weighs a friggin ton. It is probably overkill, but thats OK, I'm an overkill kinda guy. Hopefully you've selected an EGP T&G product.
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Unread 04-06-2005, 12:06 PM   #6
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Thank you for the advice Scooter.

I haven't selected the plywood yet. I am still looking for a distributor in my area.
But I will keep your advice in mind.
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