How to get creaks out of the sub floor?August 15, 2008
Q: I have all the floors exposed and I want to get rid of the creaks by screwing them down, is there any special type of screws to use? Someone suggested Green Deck Screws?
Please help, Thanks.
L. Lane – Calgary
A: Using the proper screw to secure plywood sub floors is very important, in fact most builders and home owners feel that screws are the answer to all floor squeak problems and that is not so. Most screws used for floor squeaks end up being the drywall screw type (threaded up the hole shank) if this type is used you should always drill a pilot hole first, allowing the screw to pass through the pilot hole before entering the joist, to hold the plywood tight to the joist.
Note: Pilot Hole - A hole which is larger than the screw diameter in size to allow the screw to pass through into a retaining product.
After drilling the pilot holes always drill a countersink to allow head of the screw to be installed flush with the surface of the plywood.
The simplified process to securing the plywood is to use a “Counter Snap Screw” system, this allows the screw to be installed with an electric drill and the screw heads snap off 1/16” of an inch below the surface of the plywood, eliminating pilot hole drilling and countersink drilling.
“It’s Just That Easy” The Counter Snap System is available at the HouseSmart Referral office call toll free 1-888-266-8806
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