fix creaking hardwood floors
Why can’t I get a response? This has been posted for hours and I know somebody has some info to help! I just bought a two story, 106 year old, 10,000 sq ft building. It has hardwood flooring throughout and they are extremely “creaky” when walked on. Would like suggestions or remedys for this situation. Thanks
Edited 8/18/2002 5:09:56 PM ET by rick
"106 years old" My advice is to live with it. It is part of living in an old house. You could try to drive screws in to all of the offending boards but I do not think you will like the result. I have heard if people using talc powder (baby powder) swepted into the joints in the floor. This only works if the squeak is from the floor rubbing against the adjacent board or tongue. If the squeak is between the subfloor and the finished floor the only way is to secure the two together and then secure that assembley to the framing. Good luck
As to "Why can't I get a response? " is that I saw your other post and you had no information. The response that you did get is right on. Your latest post shows that you are a rude and whining (its been hours).
Good luck. If I were you I would tear it down and have a nice ranch house built. You don't belong in an old house.
Can you get to the underside of the floors?
Sorry if I seemed whiny! I am a first timer and do not really understand the format. I was thinking maybe I had not done something right and that was why questions that were posted after mine were addressed first.
I may be able to get to the bottom of some of the flooring. Where I can get to it, what do you suggest? The building was an old lodge bldg that I am considering converting to lofts. Some may want to live with the floors as they are. Others may want options and I would like to know what they are and if they are economically feasable. Would like to do lots of the work myself. Thanks
From the underside, you could glue quarter round at the intersection of the joist and floor board. From the top, maybe hob headed nails to give a rough architectual effect. Nails heads are proud of the floor surface, and usually black.
Or use a power nailer with finished heads, and fill the head recesses prior to refinishing the surfaces.
Celebrate the squeaks, sell them as cheap burglar alarms...
Edited 8/19/2002 6:53:59 PM ET by bucksnort billy