no squeaks, no problem - cures for squeaky floors
 
Squeaky floors can be annoying, but instead of writing them off as your house’s “growing pains”—and before you invest in earplugs—check out these speedy solutions for your noisy problem.
 
 
 



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Squeak Ender product shot Price: $7.69

What else you’ll need:
Phillips-head screwdriver and an adjustable wrench.

How it works: The separation of the subfloor and joist (often caused by the contraction and expansion of wood due to humidity) is the main culprit behind creaking floors. Squeak-Ender permanently pulls the subfloor snugly against the joist with an attached bracket and an anchor plate, stopping movement along the nails and holding the two pieces together.

Why it’s worth it: You can use it both during construction and for after-the-fact repairs. And, because it solves the squeak from below the floor, there’s no damage to the floor surface.

The downside: Squeak-Ender only works where you have easy access to the subfloor (e.g., in an unfinished basement or crawlspace). Floors with finished ceilings below them or with no subfloor access can’t be fixed with Squeak-Ender. Also, it may take more than one Squeak-Ender unit to alleviate the problem, as each unit accommodates a 4-square-foot section of flooring.

Buy it: Call 800-854-3577, or visit squeakender.com

   
  



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squeek no more product shot

Squeak No More product shot

Price: $27.95

What else you’ll need: Power drill, tape measure

How it works:
Squeeeeek No More (yes, all those e’s are really in the name) approaches the problem from the surface of the floor. Using a specially crafted device, screws are sent through the floor surface and into the joist. A weak spot in the screw allows it to be broken in half, leaving no evidence of a fix-up.

Why it’s worth it:
It can be used on practically any floor surface with minimal disruption. Because Squeeeek No More fixes from above, you don’t have to worry about accessing the subfloor, and only the number of screws you have limits the amount of floor you can fix.

The downside:
Perfectionists might not be happy with Squeeeeek No More’s performance on hard-surfaced floors. When used on hardwood, vinyl or linoleum floors, the product’s instructions recommend using wood putty, caulk or an appropriately shaded crayon to cover up the small hole left visible by the procedure.

Buy it:
Call 800-459-8428, or visit squeaknomore.com

   
  



squeak-relief  
Squeak-Relief product shot Price: $14.99 for a 6-pack

What else you’ll need: Power drill

How it works: Like Squeak-Ender, Squeak Relief has to be installed through the subfloor. The Squeak Relief method jams a micro-shim between the subfloor and joist to hold a bracket in place while two screws are inserted at 30-degree angles (one through the bracket and joist to the subfloor, and one through the bracket and subfloor alone) to retain a strong grip between the two sections.

Why it’s worth it:
Its quick installation time and efficiency (the design takes advantage of pre-existing nails) make Squeak Relief a simple fix. It reinforces the connection between the subfloor and the joist with a simple but effective technique, and does so for the cheapest per-unit price.

The downside: In addition to subfloor access issues, using a shim can sometimes cause the subfloor to be lifted too high off of the joist, causing squeaks to be sent to other sections of the floor surface. However, the thin shim that comes with Squeak Relief should help combat this unwanted effect.

Buy it:
800-343-6129 or visit squeakyfloor.com




LOG HOME LIVING exclusive web feature August 2007

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