10:47AM | 06/09/04
Member Since: 06/08/04
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The Hardwood floor in the house I recently purchased squeaks, in some places more severly than others. How do I stop the squeaking? The Hardwood is on the first floor. I have a full basement and can see some cross braces in some areas but not the entire floor. Is this leading to the squeaking? If I screw up through the subfloor from the basement, how long can the screws be? The House is in Massachusetts. Built in 1947.


04:36PM | 06/12/04
Member Since: 11/06/02
1284 lifetime posts
The frist step is to know why the sqeak is there. A number of things can cause it. Rubbing of wood on wood, or wood sliding on nails as you change the stresses are amoung the main reasons.

At what location and which layer would be hard to determine from here though.

It may have nothing to do with the fact you have hardwpood, but could be at the junction between floor joists and subfloor, accessable from under. If this is loose, you can drive shims atthe point where the wood rides up and down on the nails to tighten.

If the sqeak is betqween strips of the hardwood flooring, then a wax caot could solve that problem.

If the squeak is in the nails holding the hardwood down to the subfloor, then you might have to screw up from under as you suggested. Typical older subfloors were 7/8" or 3/4" thick. Thehardwood floor would have been 3/4" thick to begin with but repeated sanding to refinish could have that down to as little as 9/16" by now. Anothe5r optionmight be to drill up through the subfloor from under neathe to the point between wood layers and inject subflooring adhesive and let it harden.

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