Noisy floors with interesting construction


Old 07-05-06, 03:09 PM
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Noisy floors with interesting construction

Bought a house built in 1977. VERY squeaky floors with screws and nails everywhere. Pulled up 1 sheet of particle board and found 2x4 T&G underneath. Not nicely fitted or cut, just laid under all the PB.

Some of the noise is coming from the T&G and the joists but most seems to be between the PB & the T&G. We're pulling all the PB but what's the best way to put it back down so we don't have the same problem?

I was wondering about putting some type of barrier material between the two. Other way would be to glue & screw everything but way more work.
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Old 07-08-06, 05:10 PM
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If you have already resigned yourself to removing the particle board (congratulations), replace it with today's Advantech subflooring material, gluing with subflooring adhesive and installing with deck screws.
Old 07-08-06, 06:21 PM
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Today particleboard is not considered an acceptable substrate for floor covering. It is sawdust and glue and will not hold nails. Once you remove particleboard, it is a good opportunity to address squeaks. Try to identify squeaks and screw down and countersink screws. If you can access from below, shims between joists and subfloor may be helpful. There are also joist bracing kits available.

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