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Old 05-26-2008, 12:41 AM   #1
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Hello...

I live in a new house with an unfinished basement. When I am walking down the hall on the main level there is a little bit of an echo. If I step 'loudly' the echo gets pretty loud. Kind of a reverberation in my ears type echo.

I was hoping to solve this problem before I finished the basement. Any ideas? I have put some 2 1/4" screws into the I-joists and main level sub-floor thinking maybe they weren't connecting all the way. And I put some shims between a beam and the sub-floor below the hallway.

I know I have been in houses with basements that had this problem, but how do you fix it?

Thanks for the help.

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Old 05-27-2008, 12:11 AM   #2
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In that section of the house, how long is the joist span ? You could screw plywood on those joists (flange to flange) to stiffen them up.
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The hallway is an L shape and the echo spans the long part of the L which is equal to about 13' 6". There is a definite stop and start and stop to the echo. As in, if you stomped your foot in one spot, no echo, move over three inches, the echo begins. And keeps going for about 13' 6" and then has a definite stop again.
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I would see which way the floor joists are run. Perhaps some blocking will help.
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The floor joists run with the hallway. If you were to measure it out basically one wall is framed on one joist and the other is framed two joists over thus creating the width of the hallway.
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The floor joists run with the hallway. If you were to measure it out basically one wall is framed on one joist and the other is framed two joists over thus creating the width of the hallway.
Any deflection (bounce) while walking ?
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Tough to say now since the floor is carpeted. But if you stomp on the floor semi-hard you can rattle everything around it pretty easily.

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