Repairing Plywood Subfloor is Easy to Do and Requires Just a Few Basic Tools
By Mark J. Donovan
|An OSB or plywood subfloor can quickly become damaged if it becomes exposed to water. Water can easily cause a plywood subfloor to rot, warp or become punky. In addition, a damaged plywood subfloor can begin to squeak and buckle the finished flooring. Fortunately the effort and tools required to repair plywood subfloors is easy to do, albeit you will first need to lift up the finished flooring material.
Tools Required for Plywood Subfloor Repair
To repair a plywood subfloor you will need a skill saw, chalk/pencil, square, tape measure, safety glasses, pry bar, hammer, screw gun, caulking gun, and a ¾” drill bit.
Removing Damaged Plywood Subfloor Areas
First lift up the finished flooring material and locate the damaged OSB or plywood subfloor areas. Make a large X over them with a piece of chalk or pencil.
After determining the thickness of the subfloor set the skill saw blade height to the measured thickness.
Use your circular skill saw to cut out the damaged plywood subfloor pieces as marked.
Use the drywall screws and a screw gun to secure the new plywood pieces to the repaired subfloor. Make sure the drywall screws screw into the floor joists for proper fastening.
After completing the plywood subfloor repair you can then reinstall the finished floor material.
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