Best approach for squeaky subfloor fix, with some water stains

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When I redo flooring, I always remove all the nails, and then screw the subfloor down. It costs nothing but time, and I'd rather waste time doing it, than have a squeaky nail after the flooring is on.

As for the water marks. It does look like there was some water infiltration, but without poking around it's difficult to say to what extent. Replacing the siding could well solve the issue, depending on where the water came (is coming) from.

If there were animals in the house, the "water" stains could be from poorly housebroken animals. If you notice an odor, you might want to paint the subfloor with some Kilz or similar primer. If it's really stinky, you might want to treat the stains with an enzyme type cleaner before...

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Squeaky floors are a dreaded callback that most contractors face at some point. And most of the time, you’ll find that the root cause is actually not the floor itself, but the subfloor. Unfortunately, if the subflooring itself is squeaky, it usually will have to be replaced.

But before you start ripping up the subfloor, you must identify the root cause of the squeaks in order to properly address the problem.

Some causes of squeaky subfloors include:

Water damage: Moisture is the worst enemy of wood, and the same holds true for subfloors as well. According to Jason Elquest of Blackhawk Floors, “[If a floor] experiences water damage at some point in its life and is not properly repaired, then there is a good chance squeaks will occur. We see this in floors that have been refinished after a flood or water leak.” So be extra careful if you’re dealing with a subfloor that’s been...

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A recent column on how to fix the squeaks in a carpeted floor before replacing the carpet generated a couple of questions with some twists.

Q: I read your column where a reader wanted to fix the squeaks in her carpeted floor. Lucky for her, she was replacing the carpet, so you suggested that she screw the subfloor to the joists in between taking out the old carpet and installing the new. We’re not so lucky.

Our floor squeaks, but the carpet is only 4 years old, and we’re not about to take it up and replace it. Is there another way, or do we just have to live with those irritating squeaks?

A: There are a couple of alternatives. The obvious one is to pull up the carpet and pad, screw the subfloor to the floor joists and replace the carpet. You can do the removal and the screwing, but we recommend you hire a carpet layer to reinstall the goods.

But there’s a better way, using some inexpensive specialty screws and a little detective work to find the joists....

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Squeaky floors occur when the subfloor separates from the floor joists and moves up and down when walked on. Older subfloors were made from planks that ran diagonally across the floor joists. Modern subfloors are made from plywood or oriented strand


Squeaky floors occur when the subfloor separates from the floor joists and moves up and down when walked on. Older subfloors were made from planks that ran diagonally across the floor joists. Modern subfloors are made from plywood or oriented strand board. The cure for a squeaky floor is to reunite it with the floor joists. You can fix a squeaky subfloor from above or below the floor using any of several techniques.

Skill level:Moderate

Things you need

Stud finderSqueeeeek-No-More kitBattery drill/driver1/8-inch drill bitColour-matched puttyWood shimsYellow glue3/32 drill bit2 1/2-inch, #10 wood screws

Instructions

Squeaky Floor Kits for Carpeting

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Squeaky floors can be extremely irritating. Fixing a squeaky floor caused by gaps between the subfloor and joist is easiest if you have a basement or an access space. Floors get squeaky when wood dries out (either finished wood or a wooden subfloor), causing the subfloor nails to pop loose and the subfloor to separate from the floor joist.

1Gather your materials: Chalk, shims, hammer, screws or nails.

You also need a helper who weighs enough to make the floor squeak. A pipsqueak of a kid may not weigh enough to create a squeak.

2Have your helper walk across the floor looking for squeaks.

Go to the basement under the room where the floor squeaks. Have your helper walk across the floor and stop when they hear the squeaking.

3Mark the spot with chalk.

Your helper may have to bounce up and down a couple times until you identify the exact location from below.

4Hammer in a shim between the joist and subfloor where you see...

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Have you ever walked through the house late at night, hoping to sneak a spoonful of ice cream or make a plate of leftovers without anyone the wiser, only step on a squeaky floorboard? Squeaks and creaks in hardwood floors are commonplace. Unfortunately, they are an annoyance as well. Regardless of whether or not your hardwood floors are covered with carpeting or you have exposed hardwood floors, there are options available for fixing a squeaky hardwood floor.

It’s important to understand the reason for the squeak before making the decision to fix it. A squeaky hardwood floor is usually caused by floorboards becoming loose. The loose floorboards will either rub together and make the squeaking noise or rub against the subfloor. Loose floor boards that can be felt beneath one’s feet is a floor that is bad disrepair and should be repaired immediately.

Knowing your options will help you pick the right way to fix your creaky hardwood floor.

Options for Fixing a...

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Noisy floors and doors aren't simply annoying; they can signal to potential buyers that your home is not well cared for.

Sure, squeaky doors and creaky floors are annoying, but if you’re trying to sell your home, they can actually scare away potential buyers who may wonder what other repairs you’ve failed to make.

There are numerous ways to try to silence these squeaks in your house. Some fixes are quicker and cheaper than others. And, pros warn, it’s unlikely any of these repairs will make the squeaks disappear forever; ongoing maintenance may be necessary to keep the peace – and quiet.

Subdue door squeaks

The cries that come from noisy door hinges are generally due to wear or settling. These squeaks and squeals can be quieted by squirting a few drops of oil into the offending hinge. This repair should stop the creaks for a little while.

If you are in search of long-term quiet, close the door and tap out one hinge pin at a time. Most hinges...

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It is truly irritating to hear your floors squeaking. And what used to be an attractive and aesthetically pleasing floor could end up looking horrible if it becomes squeaky. Aside from the irritating noise, the value of your home could decrease, and this is not good if you are trying to sell your home.

The good news is that fixing the squeaky floor is just easy and you do not need to hire a professional to get this issue resolved. In fact, the process of how to fix squeaky floors could take a few minutes only for as long as you have the necessary tools needed for the repair.

The squeaking of the floors is often due to the rubbing of floorboards or sub floor sheets against each other. The resulting friction can lead to noise and vibrations. By learning the steps of identifying the squeaky floors and securing them, the noise will be minimized and your floor will be back to looking beautiful once again.

Determine the Source of the Squeak

The first...

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There are no miracle cures for squeaky wooden floors.This isbecause squeaks are the result of mechanical problems and they will only yield to mechanical fixes but only if you can get to the problem! You have the unenviable task of dealing with finished ceilings, ductwork, carpeting, subfloors, and even possible construction defects, all standing in the way of a serenely quiet floor. Squeaks are caused by movement in wood seams between sheets of subflooring, friction noise in tongue and groove or shiplap flooring, and fingernails-on-blackboard rubbing against loosened nails. Stop the movement and you stop squeak. Squeaky floors are very common in older homes. Wood floors squeak when something—usually a board—works loose and rubs against another board or against the subfloor. You can de-squeak the floor by either lubricating between surfaces that rub to reduce the friction or by stopping the movement altogether. Traditional hardwood strip flooring is most susceptible to result in...

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The rotted floor damage may have been caused by just shower and bath users dripping water between the tub and floor, or through the stick-on floor tiles, over time. Any water hitting the floor from whatever source will do it eventually.
I don't know how your particular floor is built, but usually there is a subfloor layer, a "vapor barrier" layer of roofing (tar) paper if it is over a crawlspace or unfinished basement, and then the flooring level that the finish flooring is installed on.
In my case for instance, which is typical, there is 3/4" plywood subflooring on the joists, a layer of overlapped tar paper (downstairs bath only - over crawlspace), a layer of 5/8" plywood flooring, 1/2" cement board and then ceramic tile.
You also probably have rot...

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