05:09AM | 07/28/07
Member Since: 07/27/07
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My sub flooring was never nailed down. They used glue. Now after 20 years and a lot of dampness the sub flooring is squeaking very badly. I have seen demonstration on screws going through the carpet , then you break off the part above the carpet.

I want to know where I may purchase these screws.


06:13AM | 07/28/07
Member Since: 01/30/05
361 lifetime posts
The kits with 100 or more screws come with the special tool. You can also purchase 100 screws only for slightly less.

There are two kinds of squeek no more break away screws, those that are designed to use on hardwood floors with direct access, and those that are designed to be installed through carpet. make sure you get the ones for carpet.

You absolutely must locate and "hit" the joists supporting your subfloor for this to work. You'll also have to find the seams of your subfloor.

Honestly, if it is true that your subfloor was only glued, not glued and nailed or glued and screwed your structural support and "web" of your subfloor wouldn't be safe, and these break-away screws are just an annoyance fixer they do NOT provide the structural support required by proper nailing or screwing subfloors.

I'd honestly consider pulling up and rolling up your carpet and/or padding and address this from above properly nailing or screwing in your subfloor, you should be able to do this with minimal if any disturbance to your already in-place carpet tack strips.

Having a professional carpet installer then come in to re-stretch your carpet back onto your tack strips would be a minimal expense. You might even be able to do this yourself, using a few tools plus renting the carpet stretching equipment.


06:16AM | 07/28/07
Member Since: 01/30/05
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If you have particle board subfloor, nothing is going to work, it shouldn't have been used as structural subfloor and nothing will bite in.

If that's the case you need to get it replaced - and I'd consult a structural engineer to specify not only what materials, but the actual procedures/steps you'd need to take to do the job safely and corectly.

If you have any floor vents - that's a good place to check and see what you have. the thickness and type of subfloor would be good to know. particle board, OSB or plywood.

If you can see the subfloor from below, the stamped markings would also be helpful (grade, etc.).

doug seibert

07:06AM | 07/29/07
Member Since: 08/10/02
842 lifetime posts
Here's an online source for the screws and tools.....including a joist finder......

"...measure once.....cut twice....throw that one away and cut a new one...."
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