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Old 04-13-2015, 12:22 PM   #1
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Hi guys, some of you may know me from the contractor board. I'm remodelling a 1900's home, not without probably all problems that a 1900's home could have.

The house has old hardwood floors, that are mostly damaged beyond repair, so for the most part I'm going to put laminate overtop.

My question is, one particular bedroom has a lot of squeaking. Should I remove the hardwood, rescrew the old subfloor, then build up my underlayment? Or will putting my 12 mm laminate with underlayment attached eliminate a lot of squeaks? I'm trying to keep the cost down... so of course I know removing the hardwood and screwing the subfloor would be most beneficial. But would it be essential?

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Hi guys, some of you may know me from the contractor board. I'm remodelling a 1900's home, not without probably all problems that a 1900's home could have.

The house has old hardwood floors, that are mostly damaged beyond repair, so for the most part I'm going to put laminate overtop.
Laminate is the devils spawn. It's loud and hollow, goes to gather poorly and looks like crap.

Why not some refinished hardwood?

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The padding and laminite is not going to do a thing to quiet down the squecks.
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Why not engineered? It looks and lasts a lot better than laminate and isn't a lot more expensive.
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As to your squeak question---you will be able to stop the squeaks with lots of screws through the hardwood into the old skip sheeting---but in my experience--it will be cheaper and faster to cut out the old hardwood---

Often the squeaks are from the skip sheeting---so you will be spending hours tracking down the worst of them---often the framing on the antique houses is oak or petrified fir---which may snap your screws.
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Laying OSB overtop usually fixes the problem, in my experience. The weight on the old floor is distributed, plus youre screwing it down.
Also, you have a flat surface to work on. Otherwise leveling concrete is often necessary.
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As to your squeak question---you will be able to stop the squeaks with lots of screws through the hardwood into the old skip sheeting---but in my experience--it will be cheaper and faster to cut out the old hardwood---

Often the squeaks are from the skip sheeting---so you will be spending hours tracking down the worst of them---often the framing on the antique houses is oak or petrified fir---which may snap your screws.
Thanks for your response, this was the direction I was leaning towards.

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