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  • Fixing a squeaky ceramic floor?

    A squeaky ceramic floor is a particularly difficult problem because you really cannot fix it from the top down, and if you don't fix it, it will eventually break the grout if not the floor tiles because of the movement of the floor.Squeaking is caused by something rubbing, often the floor boards ...
  • What kind of joists do I prefer?

    Mila from Ottawa, Ontario writes: "We are buying a new home and have a choice of 2" x 10" solid wood kiln-dried joists or "Trust Joists" (JLE) Pre-engineered floor system. If you were buying a house for yourself -- which would you choose?"I just love it when people try to nail me down like that,...
  • A special screw device for squeaking floors

    You have probably seen this gadget called Squeeek-No-More in the store or at home show demos and wondered if it actually works. It does, under certain conditions. The idea is to drive a screw into the floor, perhaps right through the rug, have the threads hold in both the floor joist and in the ...
  • WHAT ARE THE RULES FOR APPLYING INSULATION IN THE ATTIC?

    -- Take care of air barriers, ventilation and vapour barriers before insulating. Check out these three topics in the Search Tab above.-- Don't block the eave vents with insulation.-- Do cover the top of the outside wall.-- Don't put plastic foam on top of porous insulations (batts, loose fill) a...
  • Basic Construction connectors

    Most of you are aware that metal connectors are often used to hold things together in a house, much more than in the good old days. The most common one that most people can see in relatively new basements, even decks, is the joist hanger you see in the second photo. Rather than having to sit th...
  • How can I stop the vibration from my front loading washing machine?

    All washing machines vibrate when they go into the spin cycles. Top loading machines have the tubs suspended on springs that create a primary bad vibration as they build up to speed. If the load is too unbalanced, they bang around and the machine stops. If the load is only a bit unbalanced, th...
  • Can I remove a load bearing wall and not put in a beam?

    Judy, the true answer is NO, but you can make it look like you have not put in a beam. Do you like that?Take a look at the photo. Here they show using joist hangers and a "flush beam" that is up in the attic and not taking up headroom in the room below.Whenever changing the structure in your ho...
  • OVERVIEW: Sound Proofing

    In this TV segment we followed a sound proofing specialist through a home, testing it for problems, and indicating some solutions. Elsewhere in this database you will find more through discussions on soundproofing various parts of your house.The photo shows the use of Z-bars or resilient bars on...
  • Rotting floor joists

    Joe from Beaverton, Ontario has discovered that he has rot in his floor joists. All the black wood you see in this photo is rotting wood that Joe discovered when he pulled out the existing fiberglass. In places he can poke a knife two inches into the floor joists!He has a crawl space with a ...
  • How to stabilize a floor made out of only 2x4's.

    Pat has an 80 year old house and the previous owner built an addition onto it. The floor is tiled and when Pat looked underneath the floor to find out why it was so bouncy, she discovered (see the photo) that the floor joists were 2x4's turned flat! That's not a floor, that's a trampoline, and ...