Peter, you got me hunting again, ha. ha.
Squeaky Floors under Carpet
Can you tell me how to repair squeaky wooden floors that have carpet over the floor ? I have seen advertised on the internet "Mr.Squeeeky which consist of screws that break off after they are screwed into the floor. Do these screws really work ?
I never used this product, but I just checked out their website and I do believe it would work. It only seems a shame to have to pay that 39 dollars for some break away screws.
I would be tempted to try it myself… score some screws, do some practice drilling to see how much to score… and how well they break off. The last thing you want is the darn screw broken off just low enough you can’t get a pair of vise grips on it… and just high enough that you feel it with your bare feet. Know what I mean?? Anyway. If you are dealing with a floor where you can’t get to it from underneath… then these screws do look like they will do the job. Whether you buy the Mr. Squeeeky set up or try it yourself I would recommend doing the first one in the corner, where you don’t walk. Just to get the feel. And when you do it over the squeaks, add some extra weight… really weight it down over the joist, so it gets pulled in tight. With the threads going through both the underlayment/subflooring as well as the joist, the screw will not be able to pull them all together. So you want the weight on top to do that.
: I have a carpeted floor that squeaks – but we can’t get to the squeak from underneath. How do I stop the squeaks?
A: First you must find the squeak. Then use a stud sensor to find the nearest joist.
Take a utility knife and carefully cut a small hole in the carpet webbing above the joist just big enough for the head of a screw.
Wrap transparent tape around a 1 1/2-inch screw to prevent it from catching on carpet strands, and then drive it through floor and subfloor and into the joist. When it’s all the way in, put a little glue on the head of the screw and position carpet back over it.
If you have a number of squeaks, you might consider a kit designed especially for fixing squeaks under carpet. These come with special breakaway screws, a bit and a depth-control device.
Most squeaks are caused when the subfloor begins to separate from the floor joists. The nails squeak as they slide in and out of the joists. To fix these, it’s best if you have access to the floor joists.
To fix squeaks caused when larger gaps develop beneath the floor, fasten a piece of scrap wood against the nearest floor joist so that it fits snugly against the subfloor. The scrap will support the subfloor, preventing it from moving down to the joist.
For smaller gaps, apply construction adhesive to a wooden shim and slide the shim into the gap between the joist and the subfloor. But don’t force the shim into place; if you do, you’ll only create a wider gap between the joist and the subfloor.
If the problem stems from the floor separating from the subfloor, use a short screw to fasten the subfloor and floor together. Don’t use a long screw: it could go all the way through the floor.
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