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new floor for trailer???

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by fivestarlawnken, Jan 26, 2006.

  1. fivestarlawnken

    fivestarlawnken LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    hey guys,,
    I'm putting a new floor in my trailer using 2xtreated,and i'm wondering would you butt them up tight or leave 1/4 of an inch between the rows...??Any help or sugg apreciated in advance! THANKS:confused:

    RRHAMMONS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 142

    If the lumber has not been seasoned, ie, stacked with air gaps where it can dry, I would place the lumber touching. It will leave a gap of 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch when it drys. I you have lumber that has been dried completely, as a rule of thumb, place a #16 nail as a spacer between the boards. Hope this helps.
  3. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    Use gaps, if there is any expanding it will allow it to do so, and also, will not trap a bunch of dirt a junk in their. Like above poster said, use nail to space them.
  4. Bulldog26

    Bulldog26 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 115

    What is the best way to replace those boards? My trailer has U shaped groves for the board to slide into. When placing the boards in, wont it become to tight to fit in? I need to do this before the season starts..... how do I do this?
  5. Tadams

    Tadams LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 787

    Man, put those boards as close together as you can!! When I built my deck I used a pry bar and pried the boards as close together as I could and there is a 1/4 inch gap in some places. A good friend of mine built his deck and he used a 16d nail between each board and there is a 3/4 inch gap between some of the boards. He told me that he is going to unscrew all of the boards and pry them together and put another board in it to take up the gaps. There is that much lost space in there!
  6. ArkansasLawns

    ArkansasLawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 92

    Bulldog, there should be screw or bolt holding the boards in place. At least that is the way mine is set up. That way you can move the boards forwards or backwards until the they fit the space. Remember to screw them down again or they could work loose.
  7. E-Z Green

    E-Z Green LawnSite Member
    Messages: 36

    great thread Greenies! This project is on my list too. Aslo, i need to repair th e fraim on my trailer where the soldering has broken loose, <this site is like going to college for free>
    $$$thanks for sharirng your expertise

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