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Can I plane a tiny amount of each edge and leave a tiny gap in between? If so, I guess I need to put something down before the new carpet goes in to stop dust coming up throught the gaps and creating those dust lines you get?
Or do I just need to whack a load more nails/screws into them to stop them moving about?
Thanks for all that - I will printout and have a big read.
As for the plywood on top of the boards idea, yes I have seen that before - I presume it also helps?
I'm thinking maybe belt and braces - fix the squeaks and do the plywood thing?
Actually, you could plywood over a hardwood floor built using the last eucalyptus tree from a now decimated Costa Rican rainforest that was once the home to a family of now extinct, never discovered, highly intelligent, tool-using species of cockatiel, if you like. It's your floor, so who am I to say? Still, I'm glad it's not hardwood.
#1 result - [xtramsn.co.nz...] (as the wife of a handyman, the advice in this one is sound)
Jeez... a mod even and he doesn't know how to use a search engine to find the answer.
#2 result in SERP is this thread :)
The problem of course is finding out if the floor underneath is worn-out :)
Oh forgot sometimes they glue the damn floorboards, then it's probably better to just fix them up or put a new floor on them.
Thanks to the World class experience of Webmasters here I now have squeek-free floorboards, and I'm a very happy bunny.
For reference, I ripped up the lot (the old MDF) and replaced with tongue-and-groove MDF (specialist stuff you know) which was then screwed to the joists.
One layer of the best quality underlay (this stuff is cheap anyway - I seriously recommend not skimping on it - it makes a mega difference) and carpet on top and we're in a squeek-free zone.