03:58AM | 06/04/04
Member Since: 06/03/04
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I am planning to replace my upstairs carpeting with hardwood floors. Problem, all of the upstairs flooring squeaks. What can I do to reduce or eliminate the squeaks before I replace the floor.

Would a floating floor be an advantage in this scenario. Any help will be appreciated.



07:07AM | 06/04/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
549 lifetime posts
The sound comes from the floor moving against the nails the hold down the subfloor. Over the years, they have loosened up enough to let the floor move. The cure is to use ring shank or spiral nails to nail the floor down tighter, or better yet, screws. Depending on the thickness of the subfloor and any underlayment, I would use 1-1/2 to 2 inch deck screws (countersink by pre-drilling) in the really troublesome spots. Be sure to drive flush any nails that stick up after the floor is tightened.

Pull up some carpet and try this on a section that is a problem, and it should make the squeak go away. If not, post back. Any of your floor choices should be able to be installed over the tight floor without concern for squeaking. Good luck with the project.
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