Monday, February 13, 2012

A Squeaky Problem

As we await the arrival of the backsplash, J has been working on a few side projects.  Things that we want or need to get done but it usually falls to the wayside when bigger projects like the kitchen come into play.  Enter the squeaky floor.

Our house is well over 100 years old and as such is prone to squeaks and creaks and noises that make me quite certain someone is living in the third floor office space and will come out to get me as soon as I fall asleep or as soon as J leaves for work in the morning.  I've watched Lifetime and that shit is real.  But enough about my "imagination."

One such squeak happens to be right in front of the door to the closet in the master bedroom.  It's been squeaking for a while when you walk over it and it is driving J mad.  I personally don't mind a noise or two unless I'm trying to sneak candy from the pantry downstairs while J is snoozin' in his chair watching golf--then, and only then, do I hate them.  

SO J did what J does and perused the interwebs for a good long time and came across Squeak No More.  Sounds too good to be true?  Well I assure you, it isn't.  This handy dandy kit comes with the following:

The joist finding screw helps you find the floor joists when you are working from the top--as in through carpet where you can't readily see the joists.  The ribbed bottom part of it would essentially lock you into place if you hit a joist but if you didn't, the smooth shaft of the screw would wiggle and let you pull it right back out.  

Fortunately for us, there is currently a hole in the ceiling in the kitchen; right under the closet.  So J was able to screw into the floor and I could tell him whether he hit the joist or came through the floor itself.  

In order to get the screws into the joist, the custom driver bit and the alignment and depth control fixture are used.  The screw goes through the top of the alignment and depth control fixture and in conjunction with the driver bit.  Both of these pieces control how far the screw goes into the joist so it doesn't go too far.

Not so fortunately, the entire area of the squeak was not uncovered.  However, once the initial screw was put into the joist, J was able to space out the screws accordingly in a grid pattern:

After walking across the floor to make sure the squeaks were indeed gone, it was time to remove the tops of the screws--also with the alignment and depth control fixture, just turning it on its side:

All it takes is a little wiggle side to side and the top of the screw breaks off cleanly:
And the floor is left just as smooth as before you started, just without the squeaks.

All in all, once you get the alignment of the screws figured out, it is a fairly easy project and J is thrilled to not have a squeaky floor.


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