filler for floorboards before carpeting


Novice has just painted the bedroom and is getting the carpet laid by a fitter since I cannot do that job myself.
The floor boards are in fairly rough condition. I've screwed them down where they are creaky. Since they are still uneven in places they could benefit from some kind of 'filling' on various parts of some boards to level them off, where they join up .
I'm not good at carpentry, and the carpet fitter is arriving the day after tomorrow. I have some Wickes ready mixed 'all purpose' filler that does set quite hard, but being walked on over time i suspect might crack up.
What filler could I use that would dry quite hard and also resist being walked on without cracking up. Would window putty be a possibility or would something else be a better bet. Thanks.
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torge conrad maguar wrote:

I wouldn't bother. The filler would have no support top or bottom and is bound to fall out. A decent underlay would be favourite
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thanks. I wasn't just thinking of the gaps 'between' the boards ( although some of these are horribly wide ).
But more about the places where the are different heights, where they meet up. So if i put a filler on the 'lower' board, it would level the floor out at this junction.
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torge conrad maguar wrote:

No, highly unlikely to stick to the board and anyway will soon break away under the weight of feet etc, as you've surmised. How much height difference are you talking about anyway? If it's really bad, options you have include lifting the 'low' boards and putting some form of packing between them and the supporting joists; or covering the entire floor with panels of something like hardboard (which will raise the whole floor a bit).
But decent quality underlay will cover a multitude of sins.
David
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to fall out. A decent underlay would be favourite

Cloth or even paper soaked in PVA and pushed into the cracks will probably do the trick. At least it's unlikely to fall out. This might work for the different heights as well although you would have drying time to consider, and ordinary filler would be OK there
Rob Graham
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"torge conrad maguar" wrote:

Filler and putty will set hard and disintegrate in time if there is the slightest movement. My preferred fix for this problem is sheets of hardboard. A thick felt underlay may conceal the height differences unless these are substantial. You could try a silicone sealant, see http://www.wickes.co.uk/icat/silisealant , but this isn't really meant for areas where there is movement, and may be a bodge.
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Don't forget to put paper over the floor, you can get it on reels, otherwise vacumn cleaners suck up the dust from cavity and create marks on carpet
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torge conrad maguar wrote:

Either do what everyone else has said or you could lay down sheets of hard board. Screw them down if the force of the carpet on the grippers would bend them. Or why not ask the carpet fitter?
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