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JackOfAllTrades 01-19-2008 11:55 PM

Floor Squeaks
What is the best way to get rid of floor squeaks? For the upstairs, I am pulling back the carpet and running screws through the plywood floors and into the floor joists. For ths 1st floor, I was thinking of shimming the joists from the basement, as access is easy due to no ceiling.

Any suggestions?
Do floor squeaks = poor construction?

According to the builder, it is common and due to wood expansion rates. Is this true?

JazMan 01-20-2008 12:22 AM

Why would you want to shim the floor? Is that spot low?

Although the builder is partially right, your answer is more accurate. Squeeks happen when the subfloor is not fastened properly. Rough carpenters typically use the cheapest nails and miss the joists now and then. The subfloor should be gapped 1/8" in most cases. Add exposure to rain and dampness and of course nails pop.

Builder should go through and re-screw the entire subfloor before any flooring is installed. But, that costs money and most don't bother. I always recommend sneaking in and re-screwing all the floors before they're covered.


mpeterson72 01-20-2008 07:32 PM

I is your subfloor and less likely anything to do with the wood floors. I am betting they didnt gap the subfloor. I cant tell you the 1000's of new homes that I have been in over the last couple of years that have no gaps in the sub floor.

mike costello 01-20-2008 10:28 PM

I bought a stand up scewgun for just that reason Jaz.

Customers are very greatful whan you can quiet a squeeky floor

JackOfAllTrades 01-22-2008 01:16 AM

What about LIQUID NAILS that is for subfloors? I can access the underneath joists in the basement and run the bead within the area of the sub floor and the joist. It is a small space but if I can get the two to be GLUED together.:whistling2:

It should eliminate any squeaks, right?

Big Bob 01-22-2008 07:58 AM

try it..I've solved this problem in older homes the LN way.

JazMan 01-22-2008 11:19 AM

For squeaky floors where the underside is open and you are not replacing the floor covering, this product works well. It's called Squeak-Ender, check it out.


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