12:08PM | 11/20/01
Member Since: 11/19/01
1 lifetime posts

We are currently building a custom home and found our builder uses glue and then nails to attach the floor sheathing to the joists.

He then screws the T&G sub-floor to the sheathing.

We've read in a couple books that glueing and screwing the sheathing to the joists is the best way to beat the eventual squeeks caused by the sheathing rubbing on the length of a loosened nail.

My question is whether their is any value in my coming behind the builder's subcontractor after he has glued and nailed the floor sheathing to the joists and adding a screw to each of the sides of the 4x8 boards prior to the sub-floor application?

Will there be any benefit or will I end up causing more problems?

Any help or opinions are appreciated.

Jay J

01:39PM | 11/20/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
HI cwkemp,

I don't see any problem but you DO want to run it by your Builder.

IF there happens to be a 'dip' in the floor when you screw the sub-floor to the joists, the floor MAY need to be leveled. By NOT telling the Builder, even though there may be 'gaps' in between the sub-floor and the joists, the floor MAY still be level. And if it's level, there may be no problem (at first) installing the finished floor (until years later.)

On a different level, your plan will work. I think you need to let the Builder know so he and the Finished Floor Contractor are aware of the 'change'. As for getting or putting things in writing, I'd do that. At worst, take pictures BEFORE and AFTER of your work.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: God BLess America!

Mark Hammond

02:39PM | 11/25/01
Member Since: 05/09/01
246 lifetime posts
I have to agree that you should contact your contractor first but the combination of glue, screws and using t&g subflooring should do the trick.....Mark Hammond


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