What can I do to take the bounce out of my floors?
September 14, 2007
Q: When we walk across the floor in the dining room, the china cabinet and everything in it shakes. It feels like the floors are actually bouncing.
Is there a way to repair it and if so could you please tell me how to fix it?
A: Bouncy floors are caused by a lack of bridging, blocking and sometimes over-spanned floor joists. If your floor is open underneath you can firm up the floor, simply by applying 1-inch-by-4-inch wood strapping across the underside of the floor joists every 16-inches. Attach the strapping with 2-inch #8 Robertson wood screws, since you do not want the pounding of a hammer to crack a ceramic tile above or knock a picture off the wall. Trust me, the bouncing will soon be over with.