Squeaky Laminate

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Old 11-04-18, 02:41 PM
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Squeaky Laminate

My laminate flooring is almost 10 years old, and has developed a loud and annoying squeak at a joint shown right in the middle of the attached picture. I was going to just take up the floor and see if I could find a problem. However, I will have to take up the entire floor of some 500 or so square feet to get to this joint. I did take up the molding and found that the two boards with squeaks were jam against the wall. I cut the ends of the boards off, But I can't get them to move toward the wall. Two questions. Is there a way to work some type of liquid into the joint to stop the squeak? If not, can I just use a nailer (16 or 18 gauge) and shoot 2 or 3 nails into the joint? When I mash down on the joint, the squeak goes away. Any other suggestions such as a way to take up these boards without removing the floor. There are no spare boards and the floor has been discontinued.
 
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Old 11-04-18, 03:01 PM
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Part of the problem is that the stagger on your boards is too small. Should stagger joints by at least 12" and I usually take the board and stagger by 1/3rd of the board or 16". The reduced stagger makes for a weaker joint between boards. This plus a low spot in your subfloor means the joint is over flexing causing your squeak.

Can't shoot nails into laminate, it needs to float and expand and contract.
 
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