Category: Squeaks

What causes squeaky floors?

Squeaking floors are frustrating! Unless you are the parent of a teenager, a squeaking hardwood floor is a nuisance. Once a floor starts to voice its opinion about being stepped on, it’s unlikely to stop unless pursuaded to do so. In older homes, the presence of squeaky floors is simply a part of charm and …

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Stop Squeaky Wood Floors by Using the Right Fastener

If you’re involved in selling or installing hardwood floors, you have probably had to solve a “squeaky floor” problem for a customer. Nobody likes it when their brand new hardwood floors start squeaking. Prefinished flooring manufacture warranties do not cover noise issues because they are job site related, and it can be a difficult problem …

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When A Floor Doesn’t Stay Together

I love it when a floor goes together. Plank by plank, the steady beat of the mallet and boards snapping together and growing into a beautiful work of art. Nothing is worse than getting a complaint sometime after the job is finished that gaps are starting to appear between the boards. Today, we’re going to …

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Expanding on the 4 Types of Gaps

It’s a fact of life that things expand and contract… water, wood, and waistlines after the holidays. Your floor is no different and may decrease in size this winter which will create a few gaps. Don’t worry, most gaps are a result of wood’s tendency to shrink in size as it dries out and those …

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Squeaks Can be Scary

It is a given in life that if you’re going to do something, do it right the first time and it will save you a lot of time and trouble. Many a horror story has been told by flooring inspectors of someone cutting corners, not following industry best practices, or who didn’t bother to read …

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How to Silence the 4 Types of Squeaky Floors

For those of you who have stepped in an older home with wood floors, you’ve probably heard the squeaks. It can be quaint and charming, it may even remind you of Grandma’s house. But for those living in the house hearing the squeaking all the time, it may be a nuisance and you really just …

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Winter is Near: Drier than the Sahara

Last week I wrote about how the relative humidity of indoor air is affected by temperature, and that it is feasible for RH levels to drop to as low as 7% during the winter. I had this thought, but if you have a home at 7% RH, would it be drier than the Sahara desert? …

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