Can anyone give me a good way to stop chip board flooring from creaking? The boards are full length and go under the walls so i cant just get them up easily. I darent just put more nails in because I dont trust the builders not to have run pipes through - Help
PLease look at our projects section and go to creaking floors and stairs. You can test for pipes before you start as any builder would do. Also see our project on finding timber joists & studs. Most stud detectors will find pipes and cables also and if you scroll to the botttom of the project you can buy one very cheaply. Please read the project carefully as sometimes it has nothing to do with the amount of nails or screws in the floor.
I rectified mine by using an old screwdriver and a claw hammer to remove the nails and replace with screws. This solved the problem. Your comment regarding not trusting the builders as to where the pipes are laid is well founded as my floor boards were marked as to where the pipes ran. NOT true as I removed one board which was damaged only to find hat pipes that were meant to be running under this particular board were not where to be found!!
Cheers Redgate - Glad its not just my builders that are dodgy
I have managed to improve problem by renailing next to existing nails but still have one problem that i think i might have narrowed down to either a joist being loose or the stud wall that connects to the floor having some sort of problem - either way i am going to have to pull up floor so not looking forward to it - I've told the wife to step over it for now.