01:26PM | 06/26/00
Member Since: 06/25/00
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We live in a 40 year old house. Periodically we are subjected to loud creaking sounds from the attic. 2x4's were glued together and used as a substitution for 4x6's, and it has been suggested that the creaks are caused by the expanding and contracting of the 2x4's with changes of temperature. Installing an attic fan has not helped. Putting new beams in would require removing the roof, we were told. What can we do?


07:24AM | 06/27/00
Member Since: 03/13/00
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If the problem is the glued-together 2x4s, you should be able to screw or bolt them together at intervals. Screws would be cheaper than bolts. I suggest one or two 3-inch deck screws every 3 feet. You should pre-drill the holes. If the boards are not touching or are loosely touching at some points, you ought to clamp them tightly together in that area before screwing. A C-clamp large enough for the job is not expensive.
If the problem is at the ends of these beams, you might be able to add metal brackets, sometimes called hurricane clips to keep them rigid.


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