Hello, The whole upstairs of my raised ranch house has hardwood
floors. The squeaks are everywhere. Every bedroom, hallway, etc. I
have tried everything to fix these squeaks but to no avail. Today I
decided to see what was under the hardwood floors. I used a spot in a
closet so as to not make it too noticable. I cut out one section of
the floor and found that there is a 3/4" gap between the subfloor and
the hardwood floor. The hardwood floor is nailed to furring strips
that are on top of the subfloor. 16" on center. Why would this be
done? No wonder that my attemps to screw down the floor failed to
eliminate the squeaks.
I guess monster screws that could go through the hardwood floor, get
past the gap and into the underlying joices might do the job, if I
could find the underlying joices.
Lost and confused.
That is a fairly standard approach to true hardwood floors.
Lay down sleepers and then nail the flooring to the sleepers.
I don't know why it was done on an upstairs floor that has
plywood underlayment, but it is not out of the ordinary. I
would have put the flooring directly onto the subfloor. If
the floor was extremely wavy or unlevel, then the sleepers can
be shimmed to make the floor level. That is the best reason
that I can think of for doing an upstairs floor on plywood
As for the squeaks, I will bet that it is the sleepers or the
plywood that is squeaking and not the hardwood itself. I
could be wrong, but that is my guess. Fixing the squeaks can
be tedious to say the least.
The best way would be to take up the flooring, make sure that
the sleepers and the plywood subfloor are both glued and
screwed (not nailed) and then reinstall the hardwood. Very
tedious and there will be flooring that cannot be reused due
to breakage, etc.
The other option would be to face screw through the hardwood,
through the sleepers and into the plywood. This could be
dressed up with plugs or use finish screws and fill the holes
with putty. Again, very tedious.
Another option would be to use an adhesive that could be
injected under the flooring along the sleepers with very small
holes drilled for the purpose, but this would be tedious also.
No easy way to fix that many squeaks that I know of.
Yep, same here. In fact, we have an old style screen door onto the deck
with the claw that holds the door and self-closers in the hinges. The
squeek and slam is the sound of summer to us and the squeek of the closers
mean that even the cat doesn't get through that door without giving itself
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