SPOKANE, Wash., Jan. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- If you're looking for a way to give a squeaky floor the "silent treatment," there's good news. With a little bit of effort and the right hardware and tools, you can eliminate annoying floor squeaks. This is one home-repair project that responds well to a do-it-yourself approach.
Leon A. Frechette, home-improvement expert, says most squeaks occur when the subfloor rubs on the top surface of the floor joist and/or on the shank of common nails.
He recommends locating annoying squeaks and marking them with painters' blue masking tape. Then find the underlying floor joists and determine in which direction they run.
Next, check to see if the squeaks you marked are in the same area as the floor joists. If they are, you can attack the problem with floor hardware designed specifically for these types of squeaks; the right product can make all the difference in the world in conquering squeak problems.
Fortunately for consumers, special squeaky floor repair kits can eliminate floor squeaks whether they're under carpeting, in hardwood or softwood floors, or in stairs. Leon recommends visiting www.mysqueakyfloors.com, a website that carries a great selection of specially designed squeaky floor hardware to help homeowners eliminate those squeaky floors.
In the past, eliminating squeaks usually required direct access to the joists underneath the floor. Not anymore. To remove squeaks under a carpeted floor, an innovative repair kit—Squeeeeek No More—contains a plastic molded alignment and depth control fixture, 50 specially scored 3-inch by ⅛-inch diameter screws, a customized driver bit to regulate the depth at which to drive the screw, and a joist-finding screw to locate the joist from above.
This is one amazing kit! In addition to eliminating unwanted squeaks, it also offers the do-it-yourselfer the added conveniences of not having to crawl around under the floor, remove carpeting, or, for that matter, hire a pro.
For squeaks in a hardwood floor, a different product designed for that kind of project may help: Counter Snap. It was created specifically to help repair squeaky hardwood floors and stairs. Each kit includes 30 screws, the Counter Snap fixture, a No. 2 recess square-head driver, and instructions.
When floor joists are accessible, Squeak-Ender can help pull the subfloor securely to the joist to help fix squeaks between the bottom of the subfloor and the top of the floor joist. The bracket slips over the bolt that attaches to the underside of the subfloor and then slips around the joist. Finally, the nut is tightened to pull the subfloor down to the top of joist.
To learn more, for detailed instructions on these special squeaky floor repair kits, or for advice on fixing a squeaky floor, please visit www.mysqueakyfloors.com.
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SOURCE C.R.S., Inc.