Of everything that could scare you in your dreams, a creak in a floorboard is the worst! It makes your imagination run wild and limit your night’s sleep. So say no to creaking boards and fix them today. Here are some tips to help you get rid of this squeak once and for all!
Use a shim
If you have a basement or some other way of directly accessing the underside of your floorboards, then you are in luck. All you have to do here when fixing squeaky floorboards is to have someone walk over them while you try to find out that bad board. Once you have identified the exact board, get a wooden shim and insert it in to the gap between the boards using wood glue. However, be sure to not push it in further than needed because it would only add in more trouble. This shim would prevent the boards from bouncing over each other and the base, thus getting rid of that noise once and for all!
Bring in the adhesive
While sometimes you can easily repair creaking floor by using the above wooden shim technique, it cannot be used in particular gaps specifically in the corners. This is when you need to bring in the construction adhesive that would help you solve this issue better. Grab your adhesive and apply it on the exact gaps in the boards while making sure to let it smoothen through each and every corner or space. Let it set and say goodbye to that squeak forever!
Nail a board
As a joist deteriorates in quality or twist and warp, there is a gap that is automatically formed between the said joist and the plywood subfloor. And as a person walks over it there is no doubt that there is going to be that annoying squeak being created. So when you do detect this problem at the beginning, repair creaking floor, by nailing in a board along the bad joist. To make it even more better and result worthy solving the issue once and for all, you could also apply construction adhesive to the top of the said board that is to be nailed to the joist, to fill in any possible gaps that could cause possible creaks in future.
Send in the screws
Sometimes these creaking boards are simply a result of boards overlapping or touching each other. In such a situation you could use screws to help you deal with the problem. All you need to do is drive or send in small screw nails through these gaps. This way there is a lower chance of such overlapping to take place causing an unwanted squeak. However, it is important that you ensure that the size of the nail isn’t too long, otherwise you could end up with worse complications than a mere noisy floorboard.
Use the above tips and silence your noisy boards once and for all!