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Thanks for all the information. I live in the mountains and it's quite dry here (25% at times) but the house is 4 yrs old and it just started making noises. I'm afraid it's from water (shoes) or the wrong floor cleaner. I talked to a local floor installer and he said to drill a small hole in the board and inject glue that you can buy in a syringe.........what do you think of that approach?

Thanx again, I'll make sure I pass your name around to the suppliers. My brother runs a major lumberyard in Salt Lake.

Answer:



Dear Dennis

No, follow my instructions to the letter. I have done all these methods many times with good results. You should NEVER, NEVER, NEVER glue down any part of a nail down floor. The strips need to move seasonally, and the glue (if it even works) will create a dead spot in the floor, which will stop this natural movement. When the floor does gain some moisture during a long cooking session, or unusually damp weather, the boards might swell against this dead spot and buckle.

I only use this injection method for glued down parquet and laminated wood floors. Think about all the dirt and dust under your floor, how is the glue going to stick, and dry in this space? If he uses a water-based glue it may further swell the wood as it dries. Your local guy may be misleading you, have him give some references of successful glue jobs. Be sure to read my article about hiring contractors available in the search box at the top of this web page. And please read my floor maintenance article also found in the search box at the top of this web page. You should be re-coating this floor every 2-4 years in this heavy use area.

You may also find these articles helpful:

1. Avoiding Squeaks And Pops When Nailing Down A New Strip Floor

2. Stopping Those Annoying Squeaks In Your Wood Floors

3. How To Sand Wood Floors Without Leaving Machine Marks

4. 21 Wood Floor Species

5. How To Take Care Of Your Health And Safety when Installing, Finishing, Repairing or Cleaning your wood floors