Replacement floor

The problem was a squeaking floor.

When I went to take a look at this job I noticed that there had been some leaking around the radiator pipes and some spillage in the middle of the room identified by staining. There was no schematic information either so working out where the pipe run and electrics were was an additional  headache.

It’s always a good idea to draw onto the floor where everything is underneath so that the next person who needs to do any work knows.

The easiest way forward with this was to rip the whole lot out and start again rather than second guess where to put the fastenings to stop the squeak.

 Drilling into a live wire or pipe is a heart stopping event especially if you puncture a pipe on the 1st floor and it only becomes apparent what’s happened when a drip drip drip is noticed coming through the ceiling below.

The skirting board originally was a 4″ board so using a 6″ board covered all the scuffing and the footprint of the original board. The flooring itself was 18mm graded chipboard secured by screws with a deep thread and narrow shank which enabled a good grip and resistance to thrust. It’s the resistance to thrust that makes a floor silent for all time. The original floor being nailed meant that the nails eventually lost their grip with the movement of timber and flooring through foot traffic and seasonal influences.  

A schematic diagram was then drawn onto the floor clearly outlining where the pipe and electrics lay.  

Published by southamptoncarpenter

Traditional standards. Traditional tradesman. Traditional service. I have been a carpenter for over 45years, 5 year apprenticeship as a boat builder, 2 years as a wood machinist, then a spell repairing furniture and manufacturing reproduction antique clocks. I spent a further 15 years working in a therapeutic environment passing on my skills, before setting myself up as a self-employed carpenter/joiner. As you will appreciate, I undertake a wide range of projects, so scrolling through the site map may well direct you to past work that may be similar to your requirements. The preferred way to contact me is by using the contact page on this site. However you can always ring me during normal working hours. Lead times vary depending on the time of year; small jobs I can often do promptly. I cover Southampton and I am also happy to visit Winchester and Salisbury areas, but a small fee will be charged.

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