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Old 07-26-2006, 11:50 PM   #1
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ok, I'll admit I'm pretty frustrated with this, but just wanted to see if anyone had any ideas that do work on homes and are handy. at our Condo there is a god aweful squeak/cracking noise that is in the floor RIGHT in front of the door just as you walk in. I went online and found some braces that are made to screw into the floor joist, and then into the subfloor. They say they're guaranteed to work.. I screwed THREE of these braces on the floor where the floor squeaks horribly and the squeak is STILL there! You can clearly see a gap about 2' long where the noise is coming from.. I even placed wood glue between the subfloor and the joist, and the noise just wont' go away. I cannot figure it out and I"m getting very frustrated. Before placing the brackets there, I see that someone else tried fixing the problem by shoving 8 wooden shims between the subfloor and the joist.. that obviously didn't fix the problem either! The only way I can get the noise to go away is to stand on the floor and press up on the floor joist as hard as I can, while someone walks across it. WHen I do this, the floor does NOT make any noise at all... I obviously cannot stand there all day pushing up on the floor joist. any ideas? It'* VERY annoying and makes a nice condo seem very cheap when the floor makes so much noise right as you walk in.. HELP!
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get a tranny jack and jack up the floor joist?

Or while you hold up the joist have someone else pound shims into where it rests so that when you let go it sits higher.
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Baby powder. no joke.
But....
If the screws/braces did catch the joist the problem should have gone away.
try to tighten them again.

did anybody drill and screw right through the loose floor boards, to the joist?
when doing so .counter sink and then fill in with wood fill.

but go ahead and try the baby powder thing, be generious,and let us know what happened.
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Baby powder. no joke.
But....
If the screws/braces did catch the joist the problem should have gone away.
try to tighten them again.

did anybody drill and screw right through the loose floor boards, to the joist?
when doing so .counter sink and then fill in with wood fill.

but go ahead and try the baby powder thing, be generious,and let us know what happened.
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Renting or buying???

Call the landlord if renting...........
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this is what I'm dealing with BTW.



In the video below I was pushing up on the floor joist somewhat hard in order to simulate what it'* like when someone'* walking over the floor. You can see the three braces I installed, and the wood glue in it if you look close enough .
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we are currently renting, but will be buying within the year. It'* a 1900 square foot condo for $74,000. All oak cabinets, all appliances, ceramic tiles throughout, two bath, and two bedroom. It'* spread across three different stories.
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More wedges... stuff em in there.


I still didnt hear the baby powder outcome yet.....
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More wedges... stuff em in there.


I still didnt hear the baby powder outcome yet.....
I don't stock baby powder at my home. I'll have to get back to you with that one. The problem I'm having is that I think the squeak itself is coming from below the wall area itself and I can't get someone'* weight to bring the risen floor down enough to screw the brace onto it. The floor also has several cracks in the wood in this area where it'* making all the noise. It'd be so much easier to fix this from above the floor, but that'* not possible with the ceramic tiles. :(
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if you are renting why not have the landlord or similar fix it?
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