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Windows 7: Creaky Floors And Creepy Neighbors

29 Jan 2011   #1
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 
Creaky Floors And Creepy Neighbors

The complex that I live in is pretty good for the most part, except that the second story floors are all creaky. When I lived on the first floor, I found it annoying to hear the person above walking about, but never complained.

Now, I live on the second floor, and I'm the one creaking about, regardless of how I might tip toe. The neighbors in this building are much more cantankerous than in the other building, because if I make the slightest sound, they start banging on the walls or my floor.

The other night, I was standing in one place, working on my bedroom computer, when the person below started banging on my floor. The only possible reason was that when I shifted my weight, the floor would creak.

I spoke to the management about this, and they are suppose to send maintenance to screw down the floorboards, but that means moving a lot of stuff, so that they can lift the carpet.

Besides moving, is there any other way to solve the problem? Sound proofing is expensive, and would only work on the walls, not the floor.
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29 Jan 2011   #2
ie9

Windows 7 Ultimate (SP1)
 
 

Stay very still and don't move a muscle... no matter what. Make sure that all of the essentials are within arms reach (even close enough so you don't have to shift your weight). I would recommend finding a comfortable position because you will have to eat, surf the internet, watch tv, and even sleep in the same position.

It's either that or shoot the neighbors, your choice.
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29 Jan 2011   #3
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

They make some nifty screws that have a protruding head which once the lower portion tightens the board they can be snapped clean and you just throw the top away. Saw these in action on This Old House for just this situation.http://www.mcfeelys.com/product/SNM-...Kit-w50-Screws
http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/vide...045284,00.html
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29 Jan 2011   #4
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ie9 View Post
Stay very still and don't move a muscle... no matter what. Make sure that all of the essentials are within arms reach (even close enough so you don't have to shift your weight). I would recommend finding a comfortable position because you will have to eat, surf the internet, watch tv, and even sleep in the same position.

It's either that or shoot the neighbors, your choice.
I was considering drilling a hole in the floor, so that I could spray sleeping gas downstairs .
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29 Jan 2011   #5
jfar

Vista Ult64, Win7600
 
 

Pour talcum powder between the floorboards if you can get access to them
it helps in some cases to stop the squeaks, good for creaky stairs also.
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29 Jan 2011   #6
ie9

Windows 7 Ultimate (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
I was considering drilling a hole in the floor, so that I could spray sleeping gas downstairs .
They shoot the horse if it's a problem, not let it enjoy a nap to bother them later... just saying
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29 Jan 2011   #7
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
They make some nifty screws that have a protruding head which once the lower portion tightens the board down snaps clean and you just throw the top away. Saw these in action on This Old House for just this situation.Squeeeeek No More® Carpet Kit w/50 Screws, Squeaky Floor Repair, Specialty Fasteners, Fasteners - McFeely's
How to Repair Squeaky Floors Through Carpeting | Video | Floors | This Old House
That might be good, but that is a solution for maintenance, not me. It would still require lifting the carpet, and that is what I'm trying to avoid.

The only other thing that has occurred to me, is to build some kind of stiff wooden platform that would span between two areas of the floor that don't creak, and putting a rubber pad on it, but I'm not too fond of that idea either.

EDIT: I spoke too soon, I didn't notice that these were for going through carpet. I will have to take a closer look.
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29 Jan 2011   #8
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
They make some nifty screws that have a protruding head which once the lower portion tightens the board they can be snapped clean and you just throw the top away. Saw these in action on This Old House for just this situation.Squeeeeek No More® Carpet Kit w/50 Screws, Squeaky Floor Repair, Specialty Fasteners, Fasteners - McFeely's
How to Repair Squeaky Floors Through Carpeting | Video | Floors | This Old House
After watching the video, I really like this idea. I have bookmarked the video, and a page for the supplier of the gadget and screws, but I'm going to see if maintenance will get them, instead of myself. the gadget is cheap enough ($19.95) but the screws are $27.95 for 50, and I suspect it would take a lot more than that to fix my floors.
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29 Jan 2011   #9
johnwillyums

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Why not try the talc idea first. I've heard that one before and it's the cheapest option.
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29 Jan 2011   #10
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Tell your downstairs neighbor to come upstairs and show him/her what is causing it. Also tell them that you contacted management and it should be fixed.

If you feel like shooting neighbors, the guy that just moved in downstairs from me smokes, ALOT, and it's smelling up my apartment.
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