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How to - Floor an Attic

 

6 September 2005

 

 

 

Summary: my method uses precut panels of plywood that are then spaced and screwed to ceiling joist in attic. Certainly do-it-yourself (DIY) if you have a power handsaw and portable electric screwdriver.

 

 

 

The first time I put a floor in an attic space, I ripped 4X8 sheets into widths, which would fit up through attic access hole. Then I had to maneuver these 8 foot length strips into place and then nail them down and of course I had some of the sheet hang over one ceiling joist at one end of or the other.But the second time I floored an attic, I did it a better, easier way.

 

I bought 4x8 3\4inch plywood sheets and had the hardware store rip the sheets length wise so each sheet was 16 inches wide or the exact center-to-center distance between ceiling joists.I then cut each 8-foot long ,16-inch wide strip into 8, 1 foot wide hunks, so in the end, I had this pile of 16 X 12 inch panels.I then drilled 4 1-inch holes in each panel to allow for airflow underneath the panel and then began hauling the panels to the attic.

 

Attic Florring Panel

 

Since the panels are small, they are easy to haul around and easy to get up into the attic space and are then simply put down like you would floor tiles.In my case I used a cordless screwdriver and deck screws to fasten each end of the panel to the ceiling joist. Each end of a panel rest halfway on a ceiling joist allowing for the additional of the next panel in a row. Between rows of panels I left a 1-inch space, again for air movement and to save on flooring materials.

 

Using the panel method, it was easy to floor my attic and the job looks very professional and because I used panels, I could put down 10 or 15, stop for a day or 2 and then put down more panels and expand my work zone in any direction I wanted.

 

 

 

Attic Flooring Panels Showing Ceiling joists

 

Attic Flooring Panels Showing Floored Section

 

Attic Flooring Panel Showing Cutout for Plumbing

 

Where there were obstructions to the placement of a panel, like were a PVC pipe came up out of the bathroom below, I simply used a saber saw to cut a notch or whatever as required in the panel so it would fit around the obstruction.In the case of electrical wires, I simply raised the wire and placed panels under them and then when I was all done, I used electric wire staples to staples the wires to the flooring so I would not trip the wire.

 

After I thought of the panel idea, I think I actually saw something similar for sale somewhere but the price was ridiculous like $10 a panel or something like that, whereas via my method, I got maybe 30 panels for $30s.

 

 

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