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HOW TO SET LOOSE BOARDS


HERE’S HOW

Because small squeaks can be caused by dirt between floor boards or by dryness, dean the floor at least once a week and apply lubricants to areas that tend to be extra dry or squeaky.

Oils: graphite, mineral oil, or floor oil. Use powdered or liquid graphite sparingly: it can make a mess. Similarly, a few drops of mineral oil will do the trick, but using too much can stain the surface. Floor oil, applied generously into the joints, soaks into the wood, making it expand. This results in a snug tongue-and-groove fitting. That pesky squeak may just disappear at this stage, at least temporarily.

Powders: graphite and talcum powder. To use talcum powder, dust a generous amount of the powder wherever the floor makes noise. Use a dry, clean cloth to work it into the tongue-and- groove joints, especially near any visible nails.

Slightly dampen the cloth with water to wipe away excess powder.

 

2. Place the 2 x 4 at right angles to the squeaky floorboards. Tap the 2 x 4 with a hammer to reseat any loose boards or nails. Start at the perimeter of the squeaky section, moving the 2 x 4 in a rectangular pattern until you get to the center.

 

1. Make a ‘beater” block. If loose nails are the problem, you can tap the floorboards down where you hear the squeak. Wrap a 2 x 4 scrap (length of 1 ft. should do) in a heavy towel or scrap of carpet so that you don’t scratch the floor surface. Tack the carpet to the top of the 2 x 4 with nails.

 

3. Squeaks in hardwood floors caused by floor-boards rubbing against each other or against a nail can sometimes be eliminated for a few weeks or months just by adding a hardwood floor lubricant at the point of friction. First remove dirt and debris from between the floorboards, using an old toothbrush. With a clean toothbrush or a clean cloth, apply the lubricant to the floor joints.

 

 

 

 

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