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Question DetailsAsked on 9/27/2012

To stop squeaking hardwood floors a contractor put screws from the subfloor into the hardwood and they poked through! Can this be repaired

There are about 250 screw holes in the subfloor in the basement, but 50 to 60 screws poked through the hardwood floors in my hallway. Some holes are clean, some you can see into the basement, some screws caused slight cracks in the wood leaving splintering. All of the screws were removed. Fortunately, we noticed the breakthough before he did the whole floor! The holes are confined to two different 3' X 3' areas. Unfortunately, they are both very noticeable, right in front of our kitchen which is tiled. So I have 2 questions. How can the floors be repaired without a major renovation? Will the 250+ screw holes (in those small areas) weaken the subfloor? And after all this mess, the floors are still as squeaky as ever! ;(

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My question is was the contractor a flooring contractor? Many homeowners search for a handyman to do i.e. floors, kitchens, bathrooms, basements for 50% the cost and wonder why it's not 100% perfect? Most handymen will not invest in the right tools to do all the trades.

Wood expands and contracts with the temperature and humidity. The squeeks can be coming from the sub floor not being screwed into the beams by the builder (this can be fixed before new hardwood is installed). Once installed, you can screw throught the hardwood, subfloor and into the beam and fill the hole, no guarantees there will be no squeeks, because in high traffic areas (entrace/doorways, age of home), the sub floor can be rotted or delaminated.

1. The floors can be wood filled, sand and refinished by a FLOORING contractor i.e. www.floortoceilingnj.com if you are in NJ.

2. 250 holes in a 3x3 area, you would think after a few screws with no effect on the squeeks he would of stopped, but then again he didn't stop find a screw not longer than 1" (3/4" + 3/4" = 1 1/2"). Sub floor is either plywood, partical etc. I would guess the floor is weaker than before.

Source: http://www.floortoceilingnj.com

Answered 7 years ago by floortoceilingandrew

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Generally speaking, squeaks occur when the wood expands and contracts allowing the nails to slide in and out when pressure is exerted on the surface. Unfortunatels, filling the holes with wood filler will look just as bad as the screws or holes. The simple fix is an area rug.

The proper repair is still fairly simple and should be able to be repaired in a day. Select a geometric area that includes both damaged areas. Have a professional cut out the bad flooring and remove the sub-floor and decking. Using a good construction adhesive, reset the decking, sub-floor and install new flooring.

The squeak may not be from the flooring but from the floor joists themselves or something else entirely. Regardless of what is causing the squeaking, "sistering" the floor joists will add strength, reduce movement and consequently, reduce squeaking.

Answered 7 years ago by Vern




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