Frickin annoying creaky floors

We don't have any. But my mother does. When we do the loft conversion, would heavier than average joists help with a creak-free finish? If so what should we specify when getting quotes? Any other tips or info gratefully received as usual.
Suzanne
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Specify they screw the flooring down instead of nailing it. That is also likely to be the solution to your Mum's problem, ie screw the offending floorboards down.
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wrote:

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gratefully
Mum's has been screwed down and it helped a bit, but still is terrible. I have never heard a squeakier floor in my life and lived in some student dives in my time. One of the worst places is the bathroom and I think its the hotpress area that is the worst. Maybe its rubbing on the floor? It's against Mum's bedroom wall too and drives her nuts if anyone is in there after she gone to bed. I fear this might happen in the roof conversion which will be a bedroom for my 2 girls aged 3 and 4 (a right pair of elephants - who ever said girls are dainty and lightfooted??!?) and is *right* above my bed.
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Suz wrote:

Reminds me the time as a 1st time buyer in a new build street where several of my neighbours were also colleagues. Most people boarded their loft and nailed the boards. One bright spark who had a phd decided it was better to screw the boards. What he didn't realise was that the top side of ceiling joists is often not level. After much screwing he went down to find all the ceiling plasterboards in the bedrooms had been pulled up at odd levels and basically ruined :-) Was a source of amusement at work for some time on the theme of theory vs practical knowledge.
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yes, I can see that happening.

Indeed. We get such people thinking that knowledge in one academic area gives them the ability to propound in quite another. So you get Physicists writing books on consciousness telling the Neuroscientists they have got it all wrong and Astronomers (two come to mind) that insist new viral epidemics rain down from the sky. The remaining one of those two was still insisting that SARS arrived via that route recently even as it was being found in palm civets.
Beware academics pronouncing outside their specialisations. Me? I'm a rare breed, I managed not to specialise, much. So I'm sort of exempt ;-)
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wrote:

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Jack of all. Master of none. (anon, but claimed by prof' jerkoff)
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(well, a mathematician with some knowledge of theoretical physics, ass-U-ming you're aiming a well-deserved kick up Sir Roger's backside ;-)

Not to mention a couple of chemists dabbling in catalysis pronouncing unlimited energy from fusion power ;-)

Damn right. In the cold fusion case at least, the risk is increased by eager PR and IPR hangers-on at the institution, who are prone to talking out of their elbows at the least provocation...
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I have recently spent ages trying to cure two annoying creaks. After lifting the carpet and screwing down the floorboards there was still no change.
I eventually traced it to 1) Radiator pipe rubbing against its entry hole and 2) Gas pipe flexed over deeper joist.
As someone stepped on the floor the small amount of flexion made wood rub against copper resulting in a creak. Easily fixed by judicious placing of insulating felt where pipe and wood in contact.
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