Dean Davis

03:50PM | 02/07/01
Member Since: 02/06/01
1 lifetime posts
To Anyone with knowledge of squeaky floors!! Our house was built in 1990 and a year later the walls started to separate from the ceiling and the floors were squeaky in places. We contacted the builder and he told us there was too much weight in one particular part of the house. He had the house jacked up some, but the problem persisted. He came back a second time and jacked the house up more, but the problem returned. He then had another floor joist put under the center of the house. Again, we had problems. We had another carpenter take a look and he told us the problem was in the attic--the drywall was not properly installed. He went in the attic and corrected that particular problem. Now,
the floors are beginning to squeak again; except this time the squeaks seem to be all across the center of the house. Since the last carpenter seemed to fix the problem with the drywall, should we have the extra joist taken out and let the house settle back to its level position?
Thanks, Dean Davis


04:44AM | 02/08/01
Member Since: 01/15/01
12 lifetime posts
Squeaky floor could be about anything, loose sheathing, bridging maybe a heat duct or plumbing pipe rubbing against the joist. Hopefully, it's in the basement where you can see it and not above the ceiling on the first floor (****s when you gotta tear out drywall) I certainly can't understand how a squeak in the floor could have anything to do with drywall in the attic though. Best advice I can give is to get in there with a flashlight and look around while somebody walks around up above. Use glue, shims, screws, nails, whatever nessesary to tighten things up. I saw these little gadgets years ago which screw into the side of the joist and up into the sub-floor sheathing and then, they can be tightened down to prevent squeaks. If it's a pipe or heat duct, you might be able to move it over.

Good Luck,

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