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Old 11-30-2009, 10:13 PM   #1
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I have an 80 yo house with pine floors that have no subfloor under it. All of a sudden, one area about 4 x 6' is squeaking like crazy!! We marked the area of the squeaks from the unfinished basement. Its 7 feet from the beam and 6 feet from the outside wall. The joists seem to be intact. My husband is thinking of putting up 2 columns w/ beams to firm up the floor. I would like to try an easier and more esthetic approach than adding 2 new columns down there. Any suggestions???

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If you can, use some finish nails to resecure the flooring to the joists. Or, put some gorilla glue in a syringe and inject it between the underside of the flooring and the joists. Or do both. Adding framing and columns sounds like a lot of overkill.

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I agree with Maintenance 6. This really should be a relatively simple fix. It make take a little trial and error to locate all the squeaks.
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You could also add 2x10 blocking underneath the floor between the joists in the basement. With no subfloor, you could use construction adhesive and place them flat up against the floor and anchor them to the joists. This could save you from nailing into the floor above where you would see it.

As mentioned, beams would be unnecessary.
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We are going to try the suggestions with the Gorilla glue and the 2x10 blocking support. The difficulty is that the squeaks seem to be coming between the joists and we are working around alot of plumbing and electrical wires. Thanks for the suggestions. If we do this and the squeaks continue...when would you resort to more support columns??
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Use a construction adhesive not the gorilla glue. Something like liquid nails or PL 400 the ones in a caulk tube.

I really do not think columns or beams are required at all.

Does the floor feel bouncy or give as your walking over it?

Edit: Sorry I forgot about Maintenance 6's gorilla glue in the syringe suggestion. I was referring to RickyBobbys idea.
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