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correct squeaky floors, address foggy insulated glass windows

Respected House Inspector Rich Hofeld helps us learn how to a correct squeaky floors, address foggy insulated glass windows, provide a vapor barrier for an old house, and get the maximum out of a house painting job.
Q. Our house has beat-up hardwood floors covered by wall-to-wall carpets. The floors squeak badly. Is there any way to fix this problem from the basement, without removing the carpeting?
Squeaking floors can be very tricky to repair, but if you can work from underneath the floor you have an advantage. The squeaks are often caused by floor boards rubbing against nails or each other, or the floor joists, because they are not securely fastened.
A repair method that sometimes works is to check the underside of the floor for gaps between the subfloor and floor joists. The gaps must be closed to prevent movement using thin wood shims. Have someone walk on the floor while you check underneath for places that squeak. When you pinpoint a squeak, and find a gap, spread some glue on both sides of a shim and tap it firmly into the gap.
Special screw-on brackets are also available for use from underneath on squeaky floors. One ... more

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