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Old 04-13-2014, 12:34 AM   #1
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Floor creaks

We just bought our house its a 1981 built ranch with full basement. Very great shape. My only annoyance really is in some spots in the house the floor creaks. What can we do about this? Is it poor fitting boards or can I strengthen up the floor joists with some cross member pieces?
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Could be a lot of things, going to need more info on how it was built and what was used to build it.
What's the finished flooring?
Unfinished basement so you can see the floor joist?
Joist size, spans and spacing?
What subfloor and underlayment was used?
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Old 04-13-2014, 05:35 PM   #3
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Joe has a couple of suggestions, and so do I. But we can't answer until you give the info requested.

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You may try these Steps:
First, find the source of the squeak
Floor squeaks are caused by wood rubbing against a nail, other wood, or even ductwork and piping. Finding the squeak can be difficult, but if the squeaking floor is open from below, youíre in luck. Youíll have several options to stop it.

Fill gaps with shims
If you spot a gap, use the wood shim solution to stop floor movement. Shims are available at any home center or lumberyard.

Reinforce the joists
If you spot wide gaps along sagging or damaged joists or see that a subfloor edge is poorly supported, add blocking to support the subfloor and stop movement. Also keep an eye out for protruding nails and clip them with diagonal cutters.

Fill gaps with construction adhesive
Sometimes the gapping between the subfloor and joist is too narrow, too irregular or too widespread for shims to be effective. Or perhaps you canít pinpoint the exact source of the squeak. A good solution is to use a bead of construction adhesive to glue the wood together. You donít have to press the gaps closed; construction adhesive fills the space and hardens. The key is to force it as far as possible into the gaps without widening them. Work both sides of the joist for a strong, lasting connection.

Block beneath squeaky joints
Once in a while, movement in a subfloor joint will cause a squeak. You can stop it by screwing and gluing 2x8 blocking under the joint to give it solid support. First angle-screw through the blocking, up into the joists, to ensure a tight fit. But be sure to drive additional nails or screws to anchor the block. Otherwise it might work loose and cause more squeaks!

Screw hardwood flooring from below
A solid wood floor is usually fastened with hundreds of nails, so squeaks often occur as the floor ages. But some squeaks arenít caused by nails; they come from one edge of a board rubbing on another. A simple ďfirstĒ solution is to dust the squeaky area of your floor with talcum powder, working it into the cracks. The talc reduces friction and may solve the problem, at least for one season
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If this happens to be carpet over a squeaky subfloor... http://www.homedepot.com/p/Squeeeeek...3233/100662995
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