I've recently moved into an apartment that must have the creakiest
floor in the world. The entire thing is wall to wall carpeting. I've
been using a stud finder to attempt to locate floor studs and then
driver finish nails through the carpet and then countersink them below
the carpet. It works great when I can find a stud, but finding them
is turning out to be hit and miss.
Does anyone have an error proof way of finding the floor studs that I
can try? I'm about at the end of my rope.
The technique is to find the ends of one joist. Use two nails and a
string to mark the length of that joist. Then, in most
construction, the other joists are going to be 16" apart, so now you
can mark off the ends of the rest of them.
I think trying to use finish nails to solve this, however is a losing
propostion, because a finish nail will not hold enough. There are
some products made specifically for this. One is a system with a
screw that you drive into the carpet using a special driver
attachement that goes onto a driver drill. The screw goes in and
when tight, the upper part snaps off below the carpet. I don't
remember the product name, but if you google for floor squeak fix or
fixing squeaky floors, etc, you'll likely find it.
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