Home Improvement--General/soundproofing/ squeaky floor

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My family and I recently moved into a fairly old house with wood flooring throughout. I have to live on the second floor, which isn't a problem most of the time. However, at night, the floor squeaks terribly and wakes them up. I am wanting to know if there is anything I can do to stop/ lessen the noise. I have looked into squeaky floors and have only seen information about finding certain spots, but it sounds like the whole floor squeaks. We are renting and I don't want to do anything to the actual floor that would upset the owner. Is there anything we can do to soften/ stop the sound? We are pretty poor, so the cheapest way possible would be preferred. Thank you so much for any help you can give.

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Amber,
The best way to silence that;
pull the flooring up and re-install it using glue between the floor boards and joists.

the cheapest way;
find where the squeaks are coming from, put in a finish nail through the flooring into the sub-floor at an angle, that should knock the squeaks down considerably.
The finish nails should be small enough to help (probably not completely eliminate) the noise without being overly visible enough to make the landlord mad.


OR;
have the neighbor below tell your landlord the floor squeaks and let him pay to fix it.  

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Founder and President of Table Talk Foundation for Better Living Inc. a non-profit organization aimed at making free home repairs for the elderly, the disabled and the disadvantaged. I have extensive expertise pertaining to cost effective rehabilitation and repair in older homes as well as all phases of newer residential construction.

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Remodel and rehab contractor from 1979 to 1993 specializing in restaurant remodel and home restoration. Jobsite troubleshooter assisting residential contractors through KA Components, Mid America Truss, and Kerkhoff Associates from 1993 until 2002. Contractors' consultant 1990 to present. Used as a construction expert in the local court system. Registered contractor with The Fedral Government, FEMA and several insurance companies. Master Carpenter at Table Talk Ministries a non-profit organization aimed at making free home repairs for those who could not ohterwise afford to have them done.

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Table Talk Foundation for Better Living Inc. www.tabletalkministries.org Founder/President.

Publications
Features have been published in Fleet Owner's Magazine, Trucker's News Magazine, The Daily Clintonian Newspaper, The Hoosier Topics Newspaper, and The Banner Graphic Newspaper several times. We have also done features on WKJK and WREB radio stations. WXIN 59 Indianapolis, WTHI 10 Terre Haute

Education/Credentials
Northwestern State University

Awards and Honors
"Make a Difference Award" from WTHI channel 10 in Terre Haute Indiana. We have recently received the Fueling Good prize from Citgo where we won free gas for a year, that will help us in our efforts to make homes warm, safe and dry for our elderly and disabled neighbors. We were recently featured on WXIN 59 in Indianapolis on their "Paying it Forward" segment, mainly because I pay for 90% of the repairs that Table Talk makes from my own pocket.

Past/Present Clients
We focus our attention to the elderly, the disabled and the disadvantaged. We are receiving clients from 1 Federal and 5 State Agencies, 9 different public and private organizations plus multiple churches and hospitals.

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