Lay chipboard on planks - reach level ground


In many old buildings and old houses in the rooms are still old floorboards. While some planks can be worked up nicely, most of them are so round, so dished, that they can not be worked up. Then you have to apply a leveling layer between the planks and a new particleboard floor.

Balancing planks

You can not balance the old plank floor with a normal screed. This would break as well as a normal balancing mass by the working floorboards or tear. A loose leveling fill is by far the better solution for leveling floorboards. Leveling compound is available in various materials. You should place a release fleece underneath and above the leveling pad to decouple the layer.

Lay chipboard on planks step by step

  • Leveling fill
  • separation fleece
  • chipboard
  • masking tape
  • glue
  • Handkreissäge
  • spirit level
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • Latte for stripping
  • Scissors / cutter

1. separating fleece

The separating fleece is designed both under the leveling pad and above. Attach the release fleece to the wall with adhesive tape. It is best if you pull the fleece a few centimeters up the wall. This means that no bedding can fall into the old floor or slip the mat under the bed over time.

2. Leveling Compound

The leveling pad is usually loose in sacks. This is simply poured on the first fleece and pulled smooth with a bar. Check with the spirit level several times whether the fill is also perfectly straight. Then the second layer separating fleece is designed.

3. Lay chipboard

The chipboard should be laid as far as possible to the original floorboard direction. If you lay chipboard with tongue and groove, you should connect it with wood glue. So the plates do not slip apart. The plates should not be screwed to the planks, as this will damage the entire structure of the floor again. Optimal is on the compensation bed a floating installation of chipboard.

Tips & Tricks

If you want to lay laminate or parquet, it is also possible to lay them directly on the second nonwoven layer over the leveling compound. You do not necessarily have to put a chipboard in between for most fillings.


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