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#6485203 - 10/07/16 10:41 AM Box Blind Flooring Question
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I'm building a new box blind for my new lease this year, and rather than scrap together pieces etc, I'm going to buy new and build to last. My gut and years of carpentry experience is telling me to use 2x6 joists and a 3/4" plywood for the flooring, but to save weight can I get away with using 2x4 joists instead or will it not be strong enough? The box will be 4x8 and I'm considering making the base 6x8 for a 2' "porch" for the ladder (and eventual steps) to it. I haven't decided if I'm going 4, 6, or 8 up with elevator brackets, which again makes me really want to do 2x6 joists.

Also, what do most of you do for the final flooring? cheap piece of carpet to keep the floor and chairs quiet?
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#6485354 - 10/07/16 12:35 PM Re: Box Blind Flooring Question [Re: NateDogg]
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That type of span 2x6 with 3/4 plywood, 16" center on joist othwise get squeaks also glue and use screws. Carpet best bet on floor and come up the walls about 4 ft. Glue it on also. Go to carpet store get some used carpet, this the cheapest. Try to keep carpet tight to floor and walls keeps the hornets out.

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#6485358 - 10/07/16 12:40 PM Re: Box Blind Flooring Question [Re: NateDogg]
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Originally Posted By: NateDogg
Also, what do most of you do for the final flooring? cheap piece of carpet to keep the floor and chairs quiet?


Rubber livestock mats, over two glued & screwed layers of flooring. No noise at all with roll around office chairs.




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#6485493 - 10/07/16 02:41 PM Re: Box Blind Flooring Question [Re: Dalee7892]
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Originally Posted By: Dalee7892
That type of span 2x6 with 3/4 plywood, 16" center on joist othwise get squeaks also glue and use screws. Carpet best bet on floor and come up the walls about 4 ft. Glue it on also. Go to carpet store get some used carpet, this the cheapest. Try to keep carpet tight to floor and walls keeps the hornets out.


Thanks, that's exactly what I was thinking for the joists.
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#6485497 - 10/07/16 02:43 PM Re: Box Blind Flooring Question [Re: Rembrandt]
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Originally Posted By: Rembrandt


Rubber livestock mats, over two glued & screwed layers of flooring.


I knew glued and screwed, but two layers of plywood? I was thinking one 3/4", you do two 1/2" together instead?
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#6486190 - 10/08/16 07:41 AM Re: Box Blind Flooring Question [Re: NateDogg]
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I did 2x6 with 3/4" blind is 5x7
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#6486194 - 10/08/16 07:42 AM Re: Box Blind Flooring Question [Re: NateDogg]
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Originally Posted By: NateDogg
Originally Posted By: Rembrandt


Rubber livestock mats, over two glued & screwed layers of flooring.


I knew glued and screwed, but two layers of plywood? I was thinking one 3/4", you do two 1/2" together instead?


Two layers of 3/4 plus the rubber mat.

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#6486509 - 10/08/16 12:50 PM Re: Box Blind Flooring Question [Re: NateDogg]
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You don't need two layers of 3/4 plywood

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#6486893 - 10/08/16 05:45 PM Re: Box Blind Flooring Question [Re: Dalee7892]
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Originally Posted By: Dalee7892
You don't need two layers of 3/4 plywood


Wow that's a seriously thick floor.
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#6487573 - 10/09/16 10:00 AM Re: Box Blind Flooring Question [Re: NateDogg]
NateDogg Offline
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I went with 2x6 on 16" centers, and one 3/4" treated plywood. It seems solid enough, plus I'll be adding horse stall matting on top of it later, for now a cheap piece of carpet.

Pics to come later...
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#6487581 - 10/09/16 10:04 AM Re: Box Blind Flooring Question [Re: NateDogg]
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I also like 2x6 on 16" centers with 3/4" treated plywood. Very solid floor that I too with carpet.
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#6487724 - 10/09/16 12:12 PM Re: Box Blind Flooring Question [Re: NateDogg]
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Probably need to clarify why we went with 2 layers 3/4 plywood followed with cow mats. It never was an issue about strength or firmness. Has more to do with acoustics and sound deadening. When you roll an office chair or drop something on the floor, a box blind responds like a drum or barrel. The larger the blind the more pronounced the reverberations. Every blind responds differently. This is what worked for ours. A better solution would have been to spray foam the underside of the floor...but that wasn't available.

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#6491540 - 10/11/16 09:17 PM Re: Box Blind Flooring Question [Re: stxranchman]
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
I also like 2x6 on 16" centers with 3/4" treated plywood. Very solid floor that I too with carpet.


I use 24x24 commercial low pile carpet squares with a rubber backing and a peach set glue
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#6492273 - 10/12/16 11:36 AM Re: Box Blind Flooring Question [Re: SniperRAB]
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Originally Posted By: SniperRAB
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
I also like 2x6 on 16" centers with 3/4" treated plywood. Very solid floor that I too with carpet.


I use 24x24 commercial low pile carpet squares with a rubber backing and a peach set glue


That's a great idea!
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#6492391 - 10/12/16 01:02 PM Re: Box Blind Flooring Question [Re: NateDogg]
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My little helper making the flooring



Some pics that evening, you can see main walls and the area I'll put boards to create a "porch" for getting off the ladder





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