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Years ago I had to protect a pure white marble floor. We covered it with grey felt paper, then a layer of commercial grade underpadding, then a layer of half inch spruce ply. We duct taped the plywood seams.

Worked like a charm.
 

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I've become a real fan of carpet protector,It's a 30" wide roll of scotch tape.

Not for use on wood ,but it sure takes the worry out of a carpeted area.

That post has some good(cheap) ideas . Good luck--MIKE--
 

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As mikeswoods mentioned, the big rolls fo tape stuff works great and there is a blue one for hardwood: floor protection

However, we also started using this non-adhesive stuff when its an old floor or one we just don't want to put an adhesive on. tough as nails and waterproof too: reinforced kraft mask paper

If you need more impact protection, we just tape down soem extra cardboard here and there too.

Good luck! :thumbsup:
 

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We use pool vynil and 1/8 masonite.

Ask a pool company for a few inground pool tear outs and cut them into large rectangles. They will give them to you for free all day long. Tough stuff/heavy as hell too
 
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