Reinforcing Subflooring in a Mobile Home?

What type of wood do I need to use to reinforce the sub-flooring in a mobile home to withstand the weight of a upright console piano? I plan to move a 1967 steinway console upright piano into a mobile home. I need to know what type of wood to reinforce the subflooring so it will hold the weight of the piano. Any suggestions?


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July 14, 20190 found this helpful

Use plywood

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July 15, 20190 found this helpful

The weight of the uprights are generally about 300 lbs so I wouldn't go less than 1/2 inch plywood but 3/4 inch might be overkill. If you plan to put the piano in one room or location just laying plywood on top of the flooring (but under the carpet), is probably the best way. I wouldn't advise to reinforce from underneath as most mobiles have a belly skirt that protects the duct work and pipes. Once you open that you are leaving a welcome sign for all creatures big and small to take up residence there.

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July 16, 20190 found this helpful

I would consider the other suggestion about placing 1/2 inch plywood where the piano will stay but you must consider the 'path' to that spot it will need to be reinforced every place the piano rolls.

You must consider the complete path - from the truck to the permanent 'spot'.
If your outside deck/porch will support it then you may be able to take 2 pieces of 1/2 inch plywood and lay one at the door and the nest one in line. You will need something (carpet?) to lay over the plywood as you do want it to tip (edge between pieces) when you roll from one piece to the next.

You can then move the first piece of plywood to the end of the previous and so on until you reach your permanent spot.
This will need several people and good planning.

You also need to think about how large your 'spot' needs to be that will be safe and can accommodate the piano and stool/bench and a little walking space?

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