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.
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.
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
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
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 ;-)
School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, Scotland
I have recently spent ages trying to cure two annoying creaks. After
lifting the carpet and screwing down the floorboards there was still no
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.
John Lang Wilson (replace "nospam" with "athome" to reply)
Hatton, Peterhead www.hairy-bunnets.zetnet.co.uk
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