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Old 02-03-2011, 03:58 PM   #1
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Non-load bearing wall glued to subfloor?


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Should Non-load bearing walls be glued to the subfloor? I bought a house that has a lot of squeaks and crackles around some of the non-load bearing walls. I narrowed down the problem to it being that the base of the wall constantly rubs against the subfloor. I was able to verify my findings by adding wooden wedge spacers between the base of the wall and the subfloor and the noise is reduced tremendously.

How can I fix this. Obviously leaving the spacers there is not a solution since the carpet/wooden floor will not fit if I leave it there.

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Gluing walls' bottom plates to the floor sheathing isn't something you'll see done by professionals very often. It definitely isn't required.

You may need to open the sheetrock a little to do it, but a few strategically placed screws would draw the wall and the floor sheathing together and stop the squeaks. Ideally, screw down through the plate into a joist beneath.

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Ideally, screw down through the plate into a joist beneath.
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Ayuh,... If you've got a cellar, you might be able to screw Up from below....
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Hi,

Should Non-load bearing walls be glued to the subfloor? I bought a house that has a lot of squeaks and crackles around some of the non-load bearing walls. I narrowed down the problem to it being that the base of the wall constantly rubs against the subfloor. I was able to verify my findings by adding wooden wedge spacers between the base of the wall and the subfloor and the noise is reduced tremendously.

How can I fix this. Obviously leaving the spacers there is not a solution since the carpet/wooden floor will not fit if I leave it there.
Stud walls arebuilt on subfloors, not next to them. It sounds like someone added another layer for some reason but didn't leave an expansion gap. You can cut a gap(using a jamb saw) into the subfloor so it has some breathing room.
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