Creeky Hardwood Floors
February 2, 2014 11:44 AM Subscribe
We have pretty nice looking hardwood floors. They are becoming increasingly creeky and I am becoming increasingly obsessed. What can I do that doesn't cost BIG $ or make the floorboards look mismatched?
posted by demonstartivepapadonous to Home & Garden (10 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I live in a NYC pre-war apt. building (built in 1939). The condition of the hardwood floors was definitely a selling points for us. They must have been re-done or re-varnished. I'm sure there were a few squeaks when we moved in but they weren't so bad. Now, they are very noticeable all the time. I can isolate loose, squeaky boards here and there. There are some pockets of more than just a few.
I don't see a lot of nails so it's not a matter of hammering at a few loose spots. We are in a building so I cannot get to the floor boards from going underneath or to a basement.
I've heard of using the powder but it seems like a band-aid. I looked into that kit where you drill in at an angle and then fill the wholes but that seems like a mess.
I'm willing to pay a carpenter-type, but I don't have a ton of $ (hundreds not thousands) so I can't afford to pull up the entire floor. If we just pulled up the loose boards I am worried that we wouldn't match the stain/look of the other boards and the floor would look patched together.
Is there anything I can do? Who should I call i.e. contractor, handy person, carpenter, floor company? What should I know to not get hosed?