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Old 06-13-2017, 06:51 AM   #1
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Default Creaking Floorboards

I might have been in denial about it for the last few weeks but it's starting to creep, or should I say creak, up on me.

I'm in an old apartment with wooden floorboards. I've noticed some of them in the hallway are looser and noisier than others when I walk along them. I'm at my heaviest now, 250lbs, and wonder if that has had an effect on them.

I remember I was at a friend's house for the Superbowl and I walked down the hallway leading to the kitchen for the first time since I had arrived there. He and his gf were in there and she asked if it was me approaching. That moment marked me because I happened to have been maybe the 2nd heaviest guy there. The other guy was shorter than me but might have been heavier. I wasn't aware I was walking particularly heavy but I figure there must have been something. Or maybe it was some deductive reasoning on her part, with the tangible proof of my footsteps, that it would be me.

Has anyone noticed or been made to notice any differences in their flooring over time or with their possible gaining?
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Old 06-13-2017, 02:21 PM   #2
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I have owned houses over 150 years old and most all had creaky floors no matter what weight I was.
I love creaky floors personally its like a warm hello and welcome home.
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Old 06-13-2017, 02:50 PM   #3
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Our house is only 90+years old, and most of it doesn't creak at all. However some previous owner had put in a new sub-floor in the upstairs, and the hallway up there has gradually been creaking more and more. Our weight hasn't really changed all that much, I think it is just wasn't built strong enough for regular traffic of people our size (not that we are so huge, but pretty big compared to what was typical back when someone did the work, probably in the 1970s)
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My flat has a concrete floor and I can confirm that it doesn't creak at all, thank god.
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Old 06-13-2017, 03:42 PM   #5
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The house I live in is pretty old and has been renovated. The hardwood floors are still original and creek a lot though. I can't say there has been a difference in the creaking with weight gain or loss and I've fluctuated quite a bit since living here. I know that's probably not what you want to hear, but it's the truth. I can say that my chair at work groans considerably every time I sit on it and is in terrible need of replacement though
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Every now and then, but I think it says more about the construction and quality of the floor than it does about my weight. The creaky spots creak under just about everyone who walks there.

My bed frame has started to groan when I roll over or move around, though. I hope it doesn't break, a reinforced queen size bed frame isn't cheap!
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Old 06-18-2017, 12:45 PM   #7
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Wood floor assemblies (including finished flooring, subflooring, and joists under them) tend to dry out with time more than when they were first installed, and shrink (in the cross-grain directions) when drier. This allows movement between the components. Higher dynamic forces (e.g., due to more weight, moving) would cause additional movement of some of the now-looser components (i.e., creaking).

Some better renovations add additional screws to tighten the joints between the components, reducing the creaking.
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