We having new carpet laid next week, with quite thick underlay. We have a
few squeaky boards we are dealing with, there are a few boards that have
small gaps between them, say the width of a Sunday newspapr. what would you
recommend filling them with?
I presume you mean the 'thickness' of a Sunday paper - if its the width
(especially broad-sheet) then you'll need to lay a few new floorboards in
the 'gaps' to fill the holes! :-)
Now to answer your question:
Nothing, just leave them as they are - they won't affect the underlay or
carpet - and filling them will probably cause more squeaks when the boards
rub together as you walk over them.
My floors have gaps in the boards rather wider than yours, but a good
quality (Cloud 9) underlay accommodates this with no problems.
The squeaky boards can be solved easily - screw them down with
two screws at each joist.
If you are emptying the room also consider sanding it flat if you
have the time. The boards will likely be sweaking because they
are old and have warped slightly - usually a curved shape that
rise as the edges. As you walk over them they rock slightly - the
squeak can be cause by the board moving, by the boards sliding up
and down the nails, or by the tongue and groves moving mutually.
Sanding flat will not only cure any squeaking, it will mean the
underlay and carpet will last significantly longer. It is also
more comfortable to walk on the carpet with bare feet.
If you have small gaps between the boards - where the tongue has
been sawn out to allow the boards to be lifted - and you feel it
necessary to fill them, make some good stodgy papier mache and
squeeze it into the gaps. Alternatively, if you want to stop
draughts one of the thin felt-type underlays that most carpet
shops carry will cover them with ease - or even lay a few layers
of a (large format) newspaper.
I have an Edwardian house and there is a gap of about 3 mm between the
skirting board and the floorboards.
I regret not stuffing newspapers in this gap as with vacuuming on a pale
beige carpet, dust has been sucked along the line of the outside walls
making a dirty mark along the edge.
Don't feel guilty, it's not the vacuuming, underfloor draughts blow
through the gap pushing dirt out onto the edge of the carpet.
For a gap around the 3mm mark it's easy to fill with sealant. The ideal
compound is one of the new modified silicones which are paintable and
low modulus flexible enough to handle extra movement. Decorators caulk
isn't the right stuff, it isn't flexible enough.
 or use it as an excuse not to vacuum
BBC3, ITV2/3/4, channels going to the DOGs
or you can use 'gapseal': it's a V shaped plastic strip that you push
intothe gap. It rests on the joists and springs out to touch the two
boards. Easy to fit. invisible.
That was visible on the carpet I got with my Edwardian house,
which was only 2 years old.
When I chucked the carpet, before new carpet was fitted, I
painted the skirting boards gloss white and also about a 2"
strip of the floor in front of the skirting boards. When the
gloss was dry, I bought an expensive roll of wide high
quality sellotape (real sellotape;-) and stuck it in a long
strip bridging the gap between the floor and the skirting,
coming about 1/2" up the skirting (so it's not visible when
the carpet is butted up against it). The reason for spilling
the paint a couple of inches onto the floor was so the tape
would stick well. The grippers are nailed through the tape
on the floor anyway.
20 years later, no black marks at all. The tape might not be
stuck anymore, but as it's still fixed with the grippers and
runs up the skirting, if there is any draft, it can't go
through the edge of the carpet.
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If I were you, and if you want a job that will stay looking good in a
few years time, I would screw down the loose boards as already
suggested then lay 3mm hardboard sheets all over the floor before
laying the carpet. This will give a smooth surface for the underlay.
If you don't and have gaps as wide as you described you may see the
uneven areas later on, it will all look great to start with, but over
a period of time the uneven boards and gaps may show up as patterns in
the carpet surface. Hardboard is very cheap and very easily fixed.
Don't forget to lay paper across the room as vacuuming (again!) will cause
dirt to be sucked through the gaps and make unsightly lines across. Carpet
suppliers have a wide brown paper on reels.
I have a belt sander and it did a very good job on evening out the uneven
boards - can be plugged into the cleaner.
I second the ideas of an overlay. Lining paper or newspaper will discourage
the dirt from coming up through the gaps.
Use hardboard if the floor's uneven. That will cover the gaps and even out
the bumps.With a good overlay and thick carpet those squeaks may not be so
audible, so I wouldn't worry too much about that. You could try screwing
boards down but the joists will need to be sound (free of worm) if you don't
want the sqeaks to return. Only do the well-trodden areas to save time and
be sure you're not going to go through a wire or pipe.
"Colin Jackson" <cojack6ATbtinternetDOTcom> wrote in message
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