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Old 11-09-2008, 10:30 AM   #1
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Squeaky wood floor

I have a house built in the 1930's and wood floors throughout. In the kitchen the floors are especially squeaky. We've tried to drive a few screws up through the basement into the subfloor hoping to quiet the noises, though it hasn't helped, even a little.
I see on the internet other options like bracing, etc. that we could try. What would anyone recommend in this situation? Do we keep trying to work with what we have, or are we likely stuck with the noise?

Lately I've been tempted to just rip up the wood floors in the kitchen, put in a new subfloor, and tile it.

Any opinions would be greatly appreciated!


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Old 11-09-2008, 01:12 PM   #2
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To stop the squeaking you will need to sink a screw right into the floor joist.
The squeaking commonly comes from loose nails sliding in and out of the joist or the layers of subfloors.
There are also times the sqeaking is in the orginal framing and there is not much you can do about it.
I would try a 2" deck screw into the floor joist. have the wife or a friend keep stepping the area while you are down screwing it down.
Many times you can chase a squeak right up under the wall.
Good luck, let us know how it goes.


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Old 11-14-2008, 09:01 PM   #3
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That is a pain. We've lived with it in several houses. Here's an interesting link that goes into detail about how to fix it. Good luck!

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Old 11-15-2008, 05:52 PM   #4
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powdered graphite

If the squeak is in the flooring itself, apply some powdered graphite into the flooring seams in the squeaky area. Due to it's powdery nature it work into the seam. May not be the best solution but sometimes it works.

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Old 11-18-2008, 12:23 PM   #5
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It really depends on what's actually squeaking. Is it the subfloor squeaking on the floor joist or the hardwood squeaking on the subfloor?? If it's the latter, I don't think there's much you can do, other than a lot of "face nailing" through both the finished floor and subfloor into the joists. (Not a good option.) If it's the former, another solution you can try is to apply a good bead of adhesive to either side of the floor joist and THEN run some screws at an angle into the subfloor, through the joist, to help hold until the glue sets. I've had pretty fair luck with this method. (I always tell the customer there's no guarantee, but it's a fairly inexpensive "trial and error" method.) Also, the longer you can stay off of the offending area, the better, to allow the adhesive maximum drying time.
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