I want to fix some squeaky floorboards myself in a long (10' x 3') hallway.
I'm nervous however, about pulling up the carpet as I would have to put it
back. If it was the corner of a room, no problem. But how do I go about
pulling up such a long stretch? I assume the carpet joins are under
doorways and maybe near the top of the stairs. Is rejoining it easy?
Refitting the carpet is not terribly easy. You'll need some
specialist tools -- a kicker/stretcher at least and maybe
an iron for the seams (depending on how you do them).
Re-seaming worn (i.e. not new) carpet tends not to work
very well because the pile has likely been flattened.
I have some squeaky floorboards that need fixing but I'm
going to live with the squeaks for another year or two
until I replace those floor coverings (and I worked
as a carpet fitter in a previous life).
If your carpet is near the end of its life, you might
want to wait until you replace it. If the carpet is
relatively new and you want to fix the squeaks now, you
might want to get some professional help with putting
the carpet back and having it look at good as possible.
| Malcolm Hoar "The more I practice, the luckier I get". |
What's your plan of attack once you pull up the carpet? If you are just
going to pound some finish nails down thru the floor to try and quiet the
squeak, you can probably do that pretty safely right thru the carpet. Stop
hammering with the nail where you can still get at it and use a nail set to
drive it the rest of the way thru the carpet, pad, and set it slightlybelow
the surface of the floor.
If you use finishing nails, probably shoudl use two, at opposite
angles from vertical. If you use just one, the wood will slide up and
down the nail, but at different angles the wood can't move at all,.
There are products to screw down floor boards under carpets. All
without removing them.
Found that with a google.
tom @ www.FreelancingProjects.com
Get these special screws and installation tool.
http://www.squeaknomore.com/ You first purchase the kit (contains the tool
and 50 screws) and then you just buy the special screws as needed. They
come in packs of 50. They work great and you do NOT pull up the carpet.
I found them at my local home depot. My local Lowes looked at me like I was
crazy when I told them about this product. I even gave them the part number
and they couldn't find it.
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