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Old 12-20-2010, 08:49 PM   #1
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just got new solid maple flooring done in newly purchased old home. plywood drilled into concrete foundation and maple nailed in on top of plywood. but the new floor squeeks, some spots more than others. this normal?

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Turn up the stereo....

Plywood on concrete is a bad, bad bad, did I say bad idea?

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funny, not really.

but thanks for the info
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Squeaking floors are always caused by differential movement of the hardwood over the substrate. This can be caused by a variety of factors, including inadequate support, improper installation of the substrate, improper installation of the hardwood, differential moisture conditions between the bottom and top of the wood, and a few less common problems.

As noted, installation of hardwood over concrete is problematic because the concrete tends to wick moisture upwards, creating a condition where the bottom of the hardwood is at a higher moisture content than the bottom of the hardwood, causing the potential for warping of the hardwood. The same issues can cause problems with the substrate, especially if the wrong type of plywood was used.

Since you seem to indicate that the floor was newly installed, I suggest you discuss this issue with the installer. Ask to see their moisture test on the concrete, and determine exactly what steps they took to control moisture wicking through the concrete.
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thx, will do that.
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