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PL400 vs DAP SmartBond SubFloor Glue Strength Test

comments (0) May 28th, 2014 in Blogs
Matt Risinger Matt Risinger, Blogger

Video Length: 5:16
Produced by: Matt Risinger


I've been a professional builder since 1995 and PL400 glue is a product that I've used on nearly every house I've built since then.  It's been the gold standard for SubFloor adhesive, but I believe I've found a potentially better product in DAP's SmartBond.  

Here's what prompted this video test:  I had to pull up a small section of Advantech SubFloor on a project recently and I was surprised to see that the PL400 didn't seem to bond well with the Advantech.  I had a hard time finding anything on the web about this so I decided to run a test.  My theory was that the high ammount of Polyurathane glue in the Advantech wasn't bonding well to the PL400 which is a traditional adhesive.  Here's the test we devised to see which might bond better.  Enjoy.   

 You can see more about this on my personal blog at

Matt Risinger
Risinger Homes in Austin, TX  

Risinger Homes is a custom builder and whole house remodeling contractor that specializes in Architect driven and fine craftsmanship work. We utilize an in-house carpentry staff and the latest building science research to build dramatically more efficient, healthy and durable homes.
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