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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?
with carpet over the top, who'd know?
I must not have been reading very closely. You're putting CARPET over HARDWOOD? I take back any advice I may have given and replace it with this...
Leave the floor squeaky and each time you hear it consider it your pennance for obfuscating beauty with fur.
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.
Oh, ick then. ;) Yep, I'm with sem4u then... rip them up and put in hardwood. Put a fluffy sheepskin rug next to the bed, and keep a cozy pair of slippers next to it to solve the 'cold floor' problem. All sorted. :)
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.