Sound Solution

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Posted by: from Oakville
11/13/2012 at 11:12:19 PM

Hello, I bought a newly built house a month ago, I have wood floors in the upstairs hall, they sqeek and wonder what to do.

I also have the same problem in the bedrooms so had the carpet taken out and the plywood screwed down that solved the sqeeking for those rooms.

Our master bedroom is above the kitchen and family room and I can hear people moving around in the master bedroom while in the kitchen etc. I have had a quote to remove the plywood in the masterbedroom and place a R22 roxul safe and sound insulation in then put new 5/8 plywood attaching them with applying PL 400 and screws, the other way was to take the drywall ceiling down in the kitchen and family room and then placing the same roxul insulation, then resileant channel and then placing 5/8 drywall.

I am wondering what peoples thoughts were? The cost to do the drywall solution was more I have california ceiling and crown molding. Any thoughts?

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Date/Time11/14/2012 at 5:06:41 PM

Hi Lee, You have a few things going on so one at a time.

1) Any floors that squeak are not installed properly. If your house is only 1 month old, go back to the builder and get him to deal with it.

2) Hopefully, you saved the receipts for the carpeted areas and maybe some photos. Documentation of improper installation procedures can go a long way towards a resolution. Check the contract and building specs for your house - the methods of floor attachment may be included. If it says "glued and screwed" or "glued and nailed", they obviously didn't do that or it wouldn't be squeaking.

3) Although more expensive, re doing the drywall with roxul, resilient channel, and 5/8 drywall will do a better job of soundproofing. The channel decouples the drywall from the floor joists and eliminates the sound vibrations.

You could put your requirements in the "post your projects" section and get some local contractors to reply.

Good Luck with it!

Jim Kuzma

Kettleby Handyman Services

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