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Question DetailsAsked on 1/27/2014

How to get rid of floor squeaks

Our home is 20 years old and the squeaks in the floors are continually getting worse. I am looking for someone that specializes in working with these type of issues.

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You may have posted this similar question some time ago as User ID "B" - if so, then this is a repeat answer for you. If not, here were my thoughts:

Most flooring contractors will do this, as can carpenters. Search the List. I can't imagine that anyone "specializes" in squeeking floors and stairs - just an incidental job for various types of contractors.

Important to REQUIRE them to trace out any electric or piping in the flooring first, because the screws needed to hold the plywood or particle board sheathing down may be long enough to penetrate pipes or wires run through the middle of the joists.

Obviously, best time to do this is when replacing flooring, because then you can see all the nailing lines in the sheathing, plus you are not going through existing flooring (or having to work from below) to get at the problem.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD


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To fix the problem the floor covering needs to be pulled up and, at a minimum screws, need to be set through the subfloor into the joists. The best way to fix this permanently (and the way it should have been done in the first place) is to put adhesive between the sub-floor (plywood or OSB) and the joists, then screw the subfloor down tight. Getting glue in there now will be a bit tricky and may require demolition of wither the ceiling below or pulling up the sub-floor and installing new with glue and screws, properly. I have fixed small problem areas by drilling holes and injecting adhesive before screwing the sub-floor down tight. Then filling the holes with plugs. That really only works if the problem area isn't widespread, such as if the adhesive has let go or is missing in one small area. After the subfloor is solid the floor covering can be reinstalled.

if the floor covering can not be removed and saved you could have a carpenter try nailing the subfloor down through the covering using trim nails or a brad nailer. This sometimes works but usually doesn't last since there is nothing to keep the nail/brad from pulling through or pushed out. Then the holes can be filled with color coordinating putty if a solid surface. It isn't ideal but sometimes the options get limited without incurring a lot of expense. Carpet can usually be pulled and then reinstalled.

Answered 4 years ago by Todd's Home Services

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