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Squeak Free Floors - 3 Tips for Strong Sub Floors

comments (1) June 10th, 2014 in Blogs
Matt Risinger Matt Risinger, Blogger

Video Length: 3:19
Produced by: Matt Risinger

Have you ever walked by a china cabinet and the contents rattled?  Or does your house have an annoying squeak in the floor.  In this video I'll give you three tips for framing a sub-floor that's beefy & free of squeaks (and won't be a call back issue for you builders out there)!

By the way, if you've not tried SmartBond glue yet I highly recommend you buy a few cans and give it a try on your next floor framing project.  My carpenters have really liked it, and in my tests it's VERY strong.  

See my other post on the video test I did comparing the pull-off strength of PL400 vs SmartBond.  Fun stuff!

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Risinger Homes in Austin, TX

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Stepford Stepford writes: There are a couple of things I'd like to mention on this video. 1st, the number ONE reason for callbacks on subfloors is squeaks, which are addressed not necessarily by the truss system or adhesive, but at the panel joints. Spacing between sheets is mandatory and stated on the panels faces. 2nd, OSB is a good product but an improperly stored lift can get a warp set that is much harder to flatten than plywood to remove. You have to use screws if you get a unit like that. Additionally, if OSB gets wet, even with the wax coating, it will feathering on the face can cause some bonding problems with overlay sheets and edge swelling is more pronouced that a 2-4-1 plywood subfloor and can telegraph through the flooring. So keep OSB dry as much as possible. By the way, plywood is not a 'generic' name for panel products anymore than sheetrock@ is a generic name for wallboard. I do like the PUR glue, there are some good ones on the market, at lower price points.
Posted: 8:55 am on July 4th

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