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How to fix the squeed hard wood floor?

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Posted by: from Verdun
6/21/2012 at 9:48:15 PM

The floor squees when walk on it, it built in 1928. The subfloor is about 1" thicktness. I do not want to open the downstairs ceiling to fix it.

Is there any tools like stud finder to locate the stud place and fix it from the hardwood floor surface. Please recommend the type of stud finder and screw type.

Thank you so much!

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Date/Time6/21/2012 at 11:11:58 PM

Milwalkee makes a sub scaner that might work and Home depot rents it. To buy is about $400.

They do make special screws for hardwood that you screw down from the top and the heads snap off, leaving a small hole that must be filled. You need to only screw down the sections that are squeaking.

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Date/Time6/22/2012 at 1:29:23 AM

Hi Chris:

Squeaky floors are not for me either. However, I once had a realtor try to convince me that the owner of the house had it designed with squeaky floors! No, I was not on any meds at the time.

I have used the system that is being recommended to you, but it was designed for carpet and was many years ago. The system works, but as mentioned the holes would have to be filled. A good local decorating store could custom match a stain for the filler to match your floor. It can be done, as I used to do custom stains for matching existing cabinets.

The other thing that comes to mind, is how dry is your home? Wood shrinks when it is too dry, and perhaps the humidity in the home is too low. If you can get a guage to tell you that, the humidity should be around 60 %. If it is lower than that, try a humidifier. That might do the trick.

All the best.

Chuck

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