Squeaking Floor

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Tired of Squeaky Floors?

You just can’t hide any longer, we know you have squeaky floors and now would be the perfect time to repair them! Life’s just too short to live with squeaky floors. . . order your fix today!

According to Webster, SQUEAK’ITIS is defined as a severe and debilitating mental condition, resulting from long-term exposure to unwanted and really, really annoying sounds. Larry here suffers from it because he just waited too damn long to fix his squeaky floors. Please don’t let this happen to you! Just find the best product that suits your needs and be free from squeaks for the rest of your life.

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Squeaks are annoying in any floor, and when the floor covering is hardwood or carpet, you have several options for eliminating them while keeping the flooring intact. You don't have as many options with a laminate floor, however. If it's really the laminate that's squeaking -- and not the subfloor -- the problem is usually something that the installers should have addressed before they laid the flooring.

Reasons for Squeaking

Floor squeaks can originate from the subfloor or the floor covering. When the subfloor is squeaking, it's usually because the installers used nails, and the nails are pulling away from the joists. When a laminate floor covering is squeaking, on the other hand, it could be because the subfloor isn't level, there's no underpadding or the boards have expanded and then shrunk again. Board movement is related to moisture and is another consequence of omitting a moisture-blocking underlayment. Laminate floors aren't attached to the subfloor, so you...

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All those squeaks just floor me!

You can do something about squeaky floors, but let's put the cards on the table right away. There are no miracle cures here. Because squeaks are mechanical, they will only yield to mechanical fixes if (and only if) you can get at 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.

Throughout this article, you will hear me mention the use of construction adhesive to reinforce and lengthen the life of the repair. Just as it has reduced (but not totally eliminated) so-called "nail popping" in modern drywall installation, construction adhesive also...

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Quick and easy ways to stop your floor boards from creaking and squeaking

Whilst a squeaky floor might help alert you to an intruder in the house generally it is pretty annoying to be woken up by others in the night and something you'll want to fix. For some reason it is really common for floors to creak and squeak on the hallway or landing which is a high traffic area so can therefore get really annoying.

Luckily there are several methods here you can use to fix the issue for good, but first you need to identify the cause of the annoying, creaky floorboards.

Why is my bloody floor squeaking!?

It could be your joists or your floorboards, nails/screws or pipes that are making all the noise. Whichever it is, the creak or squeak will be caused by the friction of two or more things moving and rubbing against each other.

In the image below are 5 common reasons your floorboards are creaking, a sixth one not shown is explained after:

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Squeaking floors was an evocation spell that caused a solid surface to emit loud squeaks whenever touched or tread upon.[1]

This spell could be cast on any flat surface.[note 1] The actual material of the surface was not important; stone, wood, dirt, etc., as long as it was solid. Whenever the surface was stepped on or touched by a creature larger than a typical rat (3 lb/1.4 kg or 0.5 ft3/0.014 m3) the enchanted surface would squeak loudly enough to be heard 100 ft (30.5 m) away. The sound could be heard and direction determined regardless of doors, walls, floors or other interposing barriers. Even creatures who could move silently were only able to halve the distance the sound traveled.[1]

ComponentsEdit

In addition to verbal and somatic components, this spell required a rusty iron hinge that squeaked as a material component.[1]

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Bouncy, squeaky floors are a common nuisance in older homes. Floor problems in a newer house can be due to overly flexible floor systems such as engineered long-span joists, improperly secured subfloors, and insufficient mid-span blocking. All of these problems, old and new, have inexpensive fixes.

Silencing Squeaky Floors

To fix a squeaky floor, you have to know why it squeaks. Underlayments and subfloors tend to become unfastened over time. The floor frame may be structurally slack. A wall may be improperly connected to a floor that spans a considerable distance and is flexing.

To fix loose subflooring, or wood flooring, drill several small pilot-sized holes (3/32” or so) either down through the flooring or up through the subfloor in the vicinity of the squeak and then inject an epoxy adhesive into the void.

Floorboards that have cupped or crowned suggest moisture in the floor. Don’t attempt a repair until you eliminate the source of the moisture....

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When you can't get access to the floor joists from below, your only choice is to make the repairs from above. The trick, however, is to silence the squeaks without damaging the finished floor. Fortunately, there are two fastening systems, both manufactured by O'Berry Enterprises, that can do just that. Carpeting. The Squeeeeek-No-More Kit (about $30) can be used on carpeting laid over a wood subfloor. The kit consists of a screwdriver bit, pilot screw to help you locate joists, depth-control fixture and 50 specially designed breakaway screws. First, locate the joist nearest the squeak. Stand the depth-control fixture on the carpet directly over the joist. After wrapping transparent tape around one of the screws to prevent it from catching on the carpet strands, drive it through the fixture. Remove the fixture, tip it sideways and insert the screwhead into the slot in the top of the fixture. Rock the fixture side to side until the screwhead snaps off below the surface of the...

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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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Eliminating the source of the squeaky floors is not always easy for an amateur handyman, but there are several user-friendly methods available with minimal investments in equipment or elbow grease required. The key to fixing a squeak is to identify the exact source of the noise and provide a solid fix, not a temporary patch.

Most flooring in modern homes consists of several layers. The lowest level of flooring is the floor joists, which are solid beams similar to the studs behind walls. These floor joists may begin to sag or settle over time, which may be the root cause of some squeaky floors. If floor joists sag significantly, the beams may have to be replaced professionally or jacked up from below. Much like the studs in a wall, these joists must remain level for maximum support.

Above the floor joist level is the subflooring. Subflooring usually consists of large plywood slabs nailed directly to the joists. After years of continuous use, the subflooring panels may...

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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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First, find the source of the squeak

Floor squeaks are caused by wood rubbing against a nail, other wood, or even ductwork and piping. Finding the squeak can be difficult, but if the squeaking floor is open from below, you’re in luck. You’ll have several options to stop it.

To locate the source of the squeak, have a helper spring up and down on the squeaky area while you listen and watch for subfloor movement from below. Also look for loose nails or subfloor seams rubbing against each other. It doesn’t take much movement to cause a squeak, especially since your floor amplifies the sound like a giant soundboard.

If you’re working alone, measure the squeak’s location in relation to a wall or heating register that you can locate from below. Then go downstairs and measure these distances along the subfloor. Or, if your floor is carpeted, you can drive an 8d finish nail through it to mark the squeak source.

Fill gaps with shims

Photo 1: Shim between...

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Do you ever day-dream about how to fix your squeaky floors?

Both the Mrs. and I wake up at 5 a.m. We try not to disturb our daughters while getting ready for work. But the squeaky floors in our bedroom and hallway make this a challenge.

After reading this post I guarantee you’ll discover how to easily fix the squeaky floors under your carpet in no time. Plus, there’s a surprise at the end that you don’t want to miss.

The floor repair kit that solved our squeaky floor problem is called Squeeeeek No More. After seeing it on an episode of This Old House I immediately went to my local hardware store and bought one.

At around $20 this is without a doubt one of the best DIY purchases I’ve ever made-right up there with my impact driver.

Here’s what you need to fix your squeaky floors:

It’s pretty cool that the supply list is short (unlike my grocery list that boggles the human mind and slims the wallet like Jenny Craig). Some of the tools you...

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The main cause of wood floors squeaking is wood shrinkage around the nails. If you can localize the areas that are the worst, a common way to minimize squeaks is to drive screws up from the bottom through the subfloor into the hardwood. Be absolutely sure to use screws that are long enough to grab the hardwood, but short enough not to stick through.

If you do not have hardwood floors then you'll have to decide among a few different techniques appropriate for specific floor coverings, ie. carpet, tile, vinyl etc.

With carpet, for instance, there are special breakaway screws (such as these made by McFeely's) that can be installed from above. With tile or vinyl, the screw from under method is often the way to...

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We own a 2nd floor condominium unit. The units are wood-frame construction and have a layer of gypcrete under the carpet. We have been having problems with the floor squeaking and creaking. We and our neighbor are interested in fixing this problem. Can you help by telling us, in your professional opinion:

1. What may be the cause(s) of the problem?

2. Someone suggested that it may be a problem with the joists, does that sound reasonable to you? If so, how?

3. Someone else suggested that it may be a problem with the gypcrete, does that sound reasonable to you? If so, how?

4. What would repairs involve?

5. Would it be better to fix the problem from the upper unit floor or the lower unit ceiling?

6. Also, our condominium is governed by a Declaration of Covenants. The Declaration has two sets of rules that apply to repairs of the (1) the “finished and unfinished surfaces of the floor;” and (2) the “subfloor.” We want to make sure we handle the repairs...

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Regular maintenance of your elliptical is necessary to extend the life of your machine and allow it to continue to function properly. Keep the machine clean and free of any debris by vacuuming around the moving parts and wiping the machine down with a clean cotton cloth. Regularly inspect your machine for any loose connections and tighten them. Creating a consistent lubrication routine on the moving parts of the elliptical can stop it from squeaking.

Check the floor where your elliptical sits to verify the floor is level. An uneven floor could create unnecessary stress on the moving parts of the elliptical, creating a squeak.

Spray an aerosol multi-purpose lubricant onto the bolts that connect the handlebars to the lower arms. The lower arms support the footpads or pedals on the elliptical.

Spray the lubricant onto the bolts connecting the roller arms to the mainframe crank. The roller...

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With new running shoes come a series of highs and lows. First, new athletic shoes are often more comfortable -- and better looking -- than your worn out and outgrown previous pair. On the other hand, new shoes can take several weeks to grow into and sometimes produce a loud squeaking noise on indoor gym floors and other slick surfaces. The squeaking is either caused from the exterior bottom of your sneakers or the insole where your foot rubs the interior. With time, the squeaking will subside, but it is possible to expedite the process.

Remove the insole from each shoe and set them aside. The insole isn't glued to the bottom, so it should come out easily.

Sprinkle roughly 2 tbsp. of baby powder into each running shoe and shake the shoe back and forth to coat the entire bottom of your sneakers. If necessary, tap the outer shoe to move the baby powder around.

Tilt the shoe up so the toe...

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Even in new build houses and flats, that are built using the correct materials and methods, loud noise produced by music and shouting etc will always be heard and can be particularly worse in the evening when normal daytime background noises have stopped and the ambient background noise is therefore much less.

If you are suffering from noise problems travelling through a floor you firstly need to address the question "is the problem airborne or impact?".
Airborne sound is from something like a TV whereas impact noise is from footfall or walking around noise.

If the problem is impact noise then the following solutions can be employed:-

BASIC FLOATING FLOORS

A floating floor is one that is 'isolated' from the existing structure by a 'resilient' layer. The best sound insulation results can be achieved if the floorboards are first lifted and our 100mm Fire-Safe Acoustic Mineral Wool install between the joists. The floorboards should then be screwed back...

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