Saturday, 16 August 2014

How To Lubricate Floorboard Joints To Silence Squeaks

You can use certain products, such as talcum powder or baking soda, to lubricate floorboards, to prevent squeaking caused by movement. You can also use products such as cornstarch and French chalk.

Applying the powder is commonly done with a paintbrush, which is effective at working the powder into the cracks. If you can't find a paintbrush, simply use a broom and sweep the powder around in the are, working it into the cracks. You can also use something such as a cotton wool tip to push the powder down between the floorboard joints.

However, if the floorboard movement is caused by the sub-floor not being securely properly to the joist, you're treating a symptom rather than fixing the problem. Basically, if the nails have 'backed out' of the sub-floor, or the finished flooring due to flexing caused by heavy traffic, then you may be better off securing them back in position properly. It largely depends on the extent of the noise, the cost of repair and obviously your d.i.y skills.

Not a permanent solution

This will only work temporarily. However, if you're prepared to continually lubricate the boards, then this is going to be a perfectly fine option for you.

That's basically all there is to it. A very simple yet largely unknown 'quick fix' that eliminates a minor yet very annoying problem. Some people put up with creaky floors year after year with out knowing how simple it can be to silence them. If this does not work, then steps must be taken to stabilize the floor and properly secure the joist and sub-floor. 

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