Q: Our 3 year old 3/4″ maple hardwoods (nailed down with a nailer) are creaking all over and some boards actually feel loose. It was nailed down to OSB on top of I-joists. I’ve checked the sub-floor (our basement is un-finished) and it is secure to the joists. I have tried adjusting the humidity and [...]
Loose or Creaking Boards & Tight or Popping Boards
Q: My question is related to your posting on “popping” or “cracking”, wood floor popping sound Q&A. In my 2nd fl bedroom I recently replaced the old carpet to hardwood floor (not the pre-finished kind). We have, several times, been awoken by the loud popping sounds from the wood floor around 2-4 AM. What is [...]
Q: My wife and I moved into a rehabbed 2nd floor condo this summer. It was built in 1970, has hardwood floors throughout, and tiles in the kitchen and bathrooms. As we’ve been living here, the wood floors (red oak, I think) have become really squeaky. A little Internet investigation lead me to think that [...]
Q: We had wood floors installed in our kitchen. They put in a transition piece between the dining room and kitchen. The edge of the wood floor unglued and you can push it down. The company drilled a couple of holes and filled it with glue but it is coming up again. What can be [...]
Q: My house is almost two years old, concrete slab, wood floor B****-Manufacturer (glued down). There is a section of my living room where the wood planks pop when you walk on them. All the pops seem to be in a line (where the concrete floor had a small crack due to settling). How do [...]
Q: We have Bruce hardwood floors in the downstairs. The house is about 4 years old. When you walk on the floors they make a cracking/popping sound. I heard the hardwood floors popping somewhat from day one, but it is really bad now. Is there any way to fix this problem? Just wondering if the [...]
How can I silence a squeaking parquet hardwood floor?
My hardwood floor creaks and pops when I walk in certain spots. But it also does it when I am not walking on it. How can that be?
I recently installed hardwood planks on to concrete with glue. I did level concrete first, but evidentially missed a spot as I now have some loose boards due to a low spot. What’s the best remedy to fix these loose boards?
We had wood flooring installed in several rooms in late May – early June 2007. The carpet and tile were removed and the surfaces prepared by the installer, glue applied and the planks installed. After a few months and now more time, we experience popping noises throughout the house as if the glue under the plank is loose. Can the floor be repaired without removing all the planks? Does glue need to be reapplied? What is the suggested solution with minimal disruption to the existing flooring?
I just bought a new home in WI. We have hardwood (oak) floors thru out the home. When we walk on the floors it sounds like we are walking on bubble wrap. Would yoy have a solution to this problem?
I have bought an old house. The hardwood floor makes so much noise, and it’s increasing day by day. Earlier it was not that much, but now it’s bad. Any solution?
We just had new floors installed in a 1 year old home, on the entire first floor, with a crawl space underneath. This is a redo job since the original floor had to be ripped up, because of major cupping due to moisture in the subfloor. Now we have new, prefinished floors (on a dry subfloor), but in various locations we hear a “popping” or “cracking” sound. Any ideas, before we go back to the installer?
We had a laminate floor professionally installed about a year ago. Now it makes cracking sounds when walked upon. any idea what causes this? It started in a few spots, but now has spread throughout the floor.
I have a four year old house with a basement in NC. The first floor is all hardwood. Probably nailed down. For the past month, there are these loud popping sound that seems to come from the floor every once in a while, but only at night, after 11 PM. It happens a few times to a dozen times per night. One popping sound at a time. It is scaring my dog crazy. Is this temperature/contraction related? Our central air turns from 68 degrees to 63ish at night.
Do the snap-off screws in kit # 30-0002 actually pull down and tighten the floorboard to the joist or simply keep the two components from touching?
I am trying to find help on our laminate flooring. We installed it as instructed about 3-4 years ago, left the space on the side, etc. About 1 year later it started snapping. Now it is so bad I cannot stand it! It even snaps now throughout the winter, so it is not the humidity. I want to take it apart and reinstall, but how do I get it apart without destroying it? I have contacted the company that made it and home depot where we bought it and nobody wants to help. This is a beautiful floor and it cost us a good penny.
We bought a house that had wood floors installed over a concrete floor base. The floor has several spots that squeak. How can I eliminate the squeaking?
My husband is installing our engineered wood flooring by gluing it down. We have a concrete slab with linoleum, which he coated with a concrete leveller rather than remove (we didn’t want to mess with asbestos). We are about 1/3 finished with our front room and when walking on it, I noted there is a spot where the floor is uneven slightly and the wood is not glued down. When I stepped on it, the two boards over this unlevelled ground ever so slightly sunk and made a crack/snap noise. It is too small to crack the wood but enough that when walked over will make a noise every time. What can we do? I don’t want to have to pull up everything we have down already to level the floor. Can we nail each board into the concrete, using a drill to make the hole first? He also suggested actually cutting out one section of the floor and replace it after levelling the floor? That doesn’t sound ideal to me, because I know it won’t go unnoticed.
In the kitchen, however, the screw holes and glue that held down the Luann appears to have sufficiently damaged the plywood and affected installation – I get creaks and squeaks in a lot of places and especially in the most marked up areas of the plywood subfloor. In my opinion, the integrity of the subfloor was damaged enough so that the staples do not hold well. I should have repaired the floor, added a new layer of subflooring and then installed. I have access to the floor from the basement and tried screwing the flooring down from below, but that only worked in some spots. The problem is too acute to use this approach effectively.