Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Flooring

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 05-09-2012, 02:35 PM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 2
Share |
Default

Fixing squeaky/loud subflooring during carpet installation


I am getting new carpet put in on my 2nd and 3rd floors, and I want to fix some of my subflooring that squeaks and "moans" and makes other annoying noises.

I am a new home owner and have never made any fixes to subflooring so I don't know what to do.

My initial idea was to screw down areas that make noises once the carpet is pulled up by the carpet installers. I have read around and determined I should use 1.5" deck screws, #8.

Do any of the experts on this forum have any advice? Will those screws work? Do I need to pre-drill the holes through the subflooring into the joists? Or do I just screw the screws in without a predrilled hole?

Do I just screw in about an inch or so from the loose nails along the line of the joist? (I am assuming that the problem here is loose floorboards. Most of the sounds are not squeaking but "moaning" and "thumping" which sounds like the nails have become loose over time. The house is about 17 years old).

Thanks for the help.

thunderbry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2012, 07:05 PM   #2
DIY staff
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Kane county,Illinois
Posts: 21,137
Default

Fixing squeaky/loud subflooring during carpet installation


Your plan sounds fine---Even the gold colored screws (never black drywall screws) work fine.

1 5/8" would be a better choice---

__________________
New members: Adding your location to your profile helps in many ways.--M--
oh'mike is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2012, 07:24 PM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Hartfield VA
Posts: 25,580
Default

Fixing squeaky/loud subflooring during carpet installation


What's there for a subfloor now. We need thickness, how many layers, and material it's made of.
joecaption is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2012, 07:25 PM   #4
Retired from the grind
 
gregzoll's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Midwest - Central Illinois
Posts: 13,733
Default

Fixing squeaky/loud subflooring during carpet installation


To add, use the deck screws that have to use the square driver bit, not the ones that are phillips. They will not strip out if you have a problem driving them down. Place them next to where the existing nails are currently, and use bar soap such as Ivory bath soap on the threads, before driving, after you pre-drill through the sub, with a drill bit that is slightly smaller than the screws.

Just make sure that you use at least a six foot level to make sure that you are at least keeping the floor even across the area that you are securing. I would also do a 3 foot by 3 foot area, vs. just going along a straight path, so that you can use the least amount of screws to get rid of the squeaks.
__________________
Ren: Now listen, Cadet. I've got a job for you. See this button? Ren: Don't touch it! It's the History Eraser button, you fool! Stimpy: So what'll happen? Ren: That's just it. We don't know. Maybe something bad, maybe something good. I guess we'll never know, 'cause you're going to guard it. You won't touch it, will you?
gregzoll is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2012, 03:39 PM   #5
Newbie
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 2
Default

Fixing squeaky/loud subflooring during carpet installation


Not sure exactly what my subflooring is, but I assume it is the standard 5/8 or 3/4" thick plywood.

If I go with the screws that need a square driver bit, can I use my standard drill with that square driver bit, or should I get a "screw gun" that I read about. Or should my standard drill work fine for this task?

I don't plan to do this in too many places, I only have a few spots that are really loud and need a fix.

Good idea about using a 6 foot level. Wouldn't want my floor to end up slanted. Wonder if I would notice anyway if it is slightly slanted. Probably not...
thunderbry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2012, 03:58 PM   #6
DIY staff
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Kane county,Illinois
Posts: 21,137
Default

Fixing squeaky/loud subflooring during carpet installation


your standard drill will be fine---no need to buy a one use tool---
__________________
New members: Adding your location to your profile helps in many ways.--M--
oh'mike is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2012, 04:01 PM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Posts: 374
Default

Fixing squeaky/loud subflooring during carpet installation


Your plan will work out just fine. Just add the screws mentioned every 6 inches or so as needed.

RhodesHardwood is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fixing pet urine on subflooring GentleGiant Flooring 12 12-20-2010 07:54 PM
carpet to laminate transition 8roty Flooring 3 11-08-2010 06:41 AM
Fixing apartment carpet MagicalHome Flooring 2 04-22-2010 01:14 PM
bubble under carpet after water spill - fixing psittacus Flooring 4 03-06-2009 01:23 AM
Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr chetsy Off Topic 9 12-03-2008 06:41 AM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.