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Question DetailsAsked on 8/9/2015

how can I find a contractor in the Saratoga NY area to fix squeaky carpeted floors?

HELP!!!!!. My carpeted bedroom floors are squeaking and banging! I understand there is a tool to drive nails directly through the carpet to alleviate this problem. I am in need of a contractor or someone in my area that can do this job at a reasonable price. Thanks, Amy

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Use screws, not nails. You can drive screws through most carpeting which has a structural backing if you are careful to not "wrap it up" around the screw. However, usually with normal carpeting (adhered by a nail strip around the edge) it is no hassle to just pull the carpet back and screw the subfloor down to the joists directly, then lay the carpet back out. For a normal bedroom, just "scrunching" the carpet with your feet working from doorways across to the opposite walls is adequate - though you can have it professionally stretched or rent or buy a stretcher to make it tighter.

You want to be careful about in-floor heating of course - can't do it if you have that, at least not without using a thermal scanner to very carefully mark out the heating loops - and need to have an idea of where the utilities run through, either by checking from below for how far below the sheathing they are, or by using detectors to locate them and then avoid them - because it is no fun to be screwing down a floor and hit an electrical wire or a water line.

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