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Squeaky floors

Posted by Herb on April 1st, 2003 10:32 PM
In reply to Henry, isn't there a.... by David on April 1st, 2003 10:08 PM [Go to top of thread]

You're right, Dean Johnson had a little featurette about fixing squeaks this way. Find the squeaky spots and dump some baby powder/talcum powder around the board and use a rubber mallet to tap the board--this will help vibrate the powder down in-between the boards to help quiet the squeak. The tapping can also sometimes help snug-up loose flooring (although this is also typically a temporary fix).

If you get desperate and you're trying the least invasive repair, you could use some finish nails and a nail set. Face-nail the squeaky board(s), recess the nail head with the nail set, and fill the small nail hole with a wood-fill pencil. You just rub the filler into the hole and buff with a cloth--works great and isn't noticeable.

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