Help with creaky floor

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Old 11-11-15, 03:08 PM
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Help with creaky floor

My wife and I want to carpet our 3 bedrooms, 2 of which have the original hardwood floors (carpet is going over the hardwoods). Before we do that, we need to do something about the creaky floors. I can walk anywhere in our master bedroom without being quiet. How can we fix this? I asked a few carpet guys and they didnt seem interested in doing anything about it nor did they have anything to say about it. Who do I hire to do this?
 
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Old 11-11-15, 04:38 PM
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Need a lot more info.
How old is this house?
Was the hardwood installed over the joist with no subfloor?
How wide are the joist and what the free spans?
 
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Old 11-11-15, 05:40 PM
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A nailed down hardwood floor is going to be difficult to quiet down due to the way it was installed. If total quiet is desired, remove the hardwood and install 3/4 t&g Advantech and then carpet over that. There are too many expansion and contractions issues that lead to squeaks with plank hardwood to correct from the topside. Unfortunately, it is a part of the "charm" of an older building.
 
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Old 11-12-15, 02:53 AM
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House was built in 1954
I dont know if it was built with no subfloor. How do I find out?
How would I find out how wide the joists are and I am not sure what the free spans are.
 
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czizzi, is this the stuff?

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czizzi, is this the stuff?

Yes, available at Lumber Yards, Lowes and Home Depot (called Home Advantage here). It should match the thickness of the hardwood planks you are taking out. Put a layer of tar paper between the subfloor and the OSB and screw it down.
 
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I dont know if it was built with no subfloor. How do I find out?
Do you have access to the underside of the floor to get a look see? If not, are there any floor vents that you can pull the cover and look along side of them?
 
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No floor vents. In the basement, I have limited access. What kinda contractor would specialize in this?
 
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Old 11-17-15, 10:58 AM
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Some carpenters can take care of it, some handymen too. You might contact the store that is selling the carpet and ask there opinion on who to get to fix it.
 
 

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