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Old 03-25-2014, 11:26 PM   #1
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Hello I just recently moved into my grandmother house, which is 30 to 40 years old. All bedrooms have the original hardwood flooring. Each room has different areas that makes noises when you walk over it. If you have any suggestions please let me know it would be greatly appreciated.
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Not a whole lot you can do about it.
Any access under the floor?
One trick is to use baby powder on the gaps and sweep it in to the cracks.
If the floor joist are flexing they can be sistered.
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Not a whole lot you can do about it.
Any access under the floor?
One trick is to use baby powder on the gaps and sweep it in to the cracks.
If the floor joist are flexing they can be sistered.
There is access to the flooring from the basement.
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You didn't list your location when you signed in, think it might help with this?

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What is the relative humidity in the house right now?

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Low humidly causes the wood to shrink. It should be about 45%.
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The humidity is right around 40%, I live in Cincinnati Ohio
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OK, 40% isn't bad this time of the year depending on the outdoor temp. It's best to keep it at 45 or above, but nearly impossible and not good for the rest of the house when it's cold. It won't be hard to go to above 45% soon.

Wood floors will eventually squeak, it's the law. If yours is real bad you may be able to reduce the noise, maybe. Try the talc/baby powder method. Might be able to fix it better next time the floor is re-finished.

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You will find these squeaks in almost all the wood floored houses, can't do much about this. But can try putting thick rug at places where squeaks happens, it will reduce the pressure on the wood and maybe there will be an lesser noise. Try putting some cloths at that place and walk over it, see if it works. If it does, then buy the rug. :D
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There is access to the flooring from the basement.
How's that?
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Does it have subflooring?
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