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How to fix squeaky floorboards

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September 23rd, 2019

How to fix squeaky and creaking floorboards

You know how it is, you creep home late at night and head up to bed trying not to wake the family, then squeak the floorboards make a noise like the floor is falling through and wakes the family, not a good scenario but one fairly common I would guess.
Floorboards with support on joist

If you suffer from squeaky and creaking floorboards it can not only wake the family as I jokingly mentioned above it can just be annoying. Well thankfully it isn’t too much of a problem to fix them for any handyman or DIY enthusiast.
Floorboards not on a joist

What causes squeaky floorboards

Squeaky floorboards are caused mainly by badly fitting boards. If the boards are taken up to run electrical cables or pipework and are not put back properly, or the boards nailed back using the old nails in the old nail holes which means the nails don’t have a tight fit on the board and allow for them to move and squeak. Sometimes the end of the boards are not sitting on a joist and can move rubbing against the floorboards next to it.

Another reason for squeaky floorboards is simply that the boards have dried out and the nails are no longer holding the board down tight enough or the boards have moved and are rubbing together, whatever the reason you should be able to fix the problem.

How to fix squeaky floorboards

The first thing to do is to remove the floor covering, or part of it if you can’t fully clear the room. Once the floor covering has been removed you need to tread the boards, walk around and identify the squeaks and creaks and mark the boards where the noise is with a pencil. Do this over the entire floor.

Now go back and look at each mark you have made and identify what the problem is, for just boards that are rubbing together, you can either remove a board and plane a little off the edge, or try adding some talcum powder or chalk dust between the two rubbing boards to help movement between the two boards.

If the boards seem to be moving around the nails at the end of the boards, you need to screw these down. Don’t just put a screw in though as you may go through an electrical cable or a pipe, you may have to lift the board to see what is underneath first. Remove the nails and drill pilot holes next too the old nail holes so not to split the wood and then put a screw in making sure it pulls the board down tight.

If the board is split at the end, you may have to replace that board, or you may be able to lift it and turn it round so the other end is under the skirting board.

If the end of the board isn’t supported on a joist you will have to lift the board and put in a support. This can be done by lifting the unsupported board and fitting a length of 2×1 (50mm x 25mm) under the boards, ideally fixing it to a joist with screws. If a joist isn’t near, screw through the floorboards under either side of the unsupported one fixing the support to the underside of the boards, then re-fix the previously unsupported board and screw this board into the timber support you have fitted.

Do I need a new floor

Depending on how the floorboards have been lifted and cut will depend on if you need to replace boards or not, as mentioned above you may be able to lift a board and turn it around so the damaged end goes under the skirting, or even under furniture that doesn’t move. On the whole squeaky and creaking floorboards can be rectified.

Floorboards screwed down

How to lift floorboards

To lift floorboards you can use a club hammer and a wide bladed chisel such as a cold chisel or by using a crowbar. Prise the board up from one side then the other, be careful not to split the board, once you have the board slightly lifted up lay a piece of timber underneath to hold the end up and continue working along the board and moving the timber support as you go. If the floorboards are tongue and groove, you will need to cut the tongue off first in order not to damage the grove on the board next to it.

Safety First

Always remember to check under the floorboards for pipework and electrical cables before nailing or screwing down the floorboards, this will avoid driving a nail or screw through them. It is always a good idea to mark on the floorboards where the cables and pipes run under the floor, you can do this by using a pencil or better still a permanent marker pen. By marking the floor you will know where the cables and pipes run if you remove the floor covering or wish to run new pipework or cables in the future.

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What You Should Know about Remodelling Insurance

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September 4th, 2019

What You Should Know about Remodelling Insurance

Remodelling a house is exciting. It can also be stressful and worrisome. Before you get started on a renovation, there a few key things that you should keep in mind. First you should come up with a plan that includes a timeline and a schedule. Detailed notes can help put the tasks into focus. Factoring in your budget is perhaps the most important thing as far as your remodelling planning goes. When you are figuring out your budget for a renovation, you need to include unknown costs and insurance fees. You may think you don’t need insurance, but you want to have to replace supplies, fix damages, or cover the cost of hospital visits should something go wrong. After you figure our insurances costs, you will be able to focus on the task at hand and move forward with your remodel.

Talk to your Insurance

Before you do anything, you should talk to your current insurance provider to see what they cover and what they will not. This is important, you need to know what you will need to find new insurance for. A lot of insurance companies are not interested in covering renovations, so you will likely need to shop around for specialized insurance. Once you have been honest with your insurer on what you will be renovating, you will be able to find what you need as far as insurance goes and start your renovations with peace of mind.

What if I Go Forward Without Insurance?

If you decide to risk a home renovation without the right insurance, you will be liable for all the damages and even hospital visits should an accident occur. In any home-building job, insurance is required so you may receive hefty fines if the authorities find out that you’re not insured. You probably shouldn’t start a home renovation without the right coverage, you are risking more than you have to.

Types of Insurance

What you really need for a home renovation is empty building or site insurance. Site insurance will cover renovations and empty building insurance will insure the property when it doesn’t have tenants. Conventional building insurance won’t be enough to cover your property if it is empty for more than 30 days according to the experts at MoneyPug, which is used as a platform to compare home insurance. The same goes for properties that are not habitable. Some insurers will extend empty building insurance, but this may only provide basic coverage for earthquakes, fires, and other disasters.

For the insurance you need when you’re starting a renovation, regular inspection is one of the things that empty building insurance depends on. It is dependent upon draining the water systems after being drained. The electricity and gas mains need to be isolated as well. Some companies require the waste to be cleared and the letterbox to be sealed. Others want extra security measures in certain areas.

When you take out site insurance, the physical elements of the project, which includes the structure, materials, and temporary work are covered by this type of policy. Accidental damage to other people and property is covered. People working on the renovation will be covered if they are injured on the job. Furthermore, loss and damage to equipment you own will also be included. Site policies also include personal possessions, accidents, and legal expenses, but the cost likely depends on the value of the property, where it is, the value the renovation will add, and the overall terms of insurance.

It doesn’t matter what you are changing to your house, you should look into the right insurance for what you are doing. Knowing ahead of time what insurance you need will help you determine the overall costs of your renovation. Once you understand what you are getting into, you will be able to go forward with peace of mind and the necessary knowledge to get the job done. Then, after all is said and done, you will have exercised caution and will be able to live in your dream house. So what are you waiting for? Get started today, you won’t regret it.

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In an emergency – Knowing your utilities

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August 19th, 2019

In an emergency – Knowing your utilities

In an emergency it’s important to know where to find your utilities such as gas, electric and water and know how to turn them off if you need to. It is always good to be prepared and have a plan of action, just in case. Knowing where your utilities are could reduce any further problems or damage to your property.

Water

You should know how to turn off your water supply, to do this you need to know where to find your main stop cock. This may be in the house, your garden, front path or driveway. You may also need a ‘key’ to turn it off as some stop cocks are under a cover, out of your reach, so if you need one of these make sure you know where it is.

Depending on the problem you may be able to isolate the problem locally by turning off an isolator valve, thus leaving the water on to the rest of the house. Isolator valves typically have a slotted screw on them, turn this with a screwdriver a quarter turn, handy to know where you can lay your hands on a screwdriver too. Some valves have a lever, simply turn a quarter of a turn in the direction indicated. Other valves you may have are gate valves, these have a tap looking head on them, turn clockwise to turn of the water.

Labelling which pipe is which and having isolator valves fitted is the best option, turning them off every few months will help keep them in working order and prevent limescale build up that can clog up the valve and make it hard or impossible to shut off.

Knowing your utilities

Electricity

If you have an electrical problem and you need to turn off the power, do you know how to turn yours off? If you need to turn the mains power off you need to do so at the fuse box, or consumer unit as it is called. You should see some fuses and a main switch, turn the main switch off. Most commonly your fuse box will be in a downstairs cupboard or under the stairs. It’s always a good idea to keep a torch handy so you can see what you are doing and if your turning the power off at night you need to see where you are going safely.

If you know what the problem is or you just want to turn part of the power off, say the downstairs sockets because you need to work on them, you can turn that fuse off, or for older fuse boxes remove the fuse.

If you have an older style fuse box, keep some fuse wire beside the fuse box in case one blows, you should never replace fuse wire until the problem that caused it is fixed and never use a higher rated fuse wire than is intended.

Gas

At the first sign of a gas leak you should turn off the mains gas supply to the house. This maybe under the stairs, in the garage or outside in locked utility box. You should never turn on any electrical appliance or switch as a spark could cause an explosion, do not smoke or light a match or use any naked flame, such as a candle. Open windows and doors to ventilate the house then call your emergency number of the gas supplier or the National Gas Emergency service on 0800 111 999.

You should stay out of your property until the gas has disbursed, if the leak is bad enough inform you neighbours and advise them they may need to leave their property to be safe. If you have inhaled a lot of gas you may feel ill, you should seek medical advice straight away.

It is a good idea to have a list of emergency numbers so you know where they are in case of an emergency. Maybe have them on a notice or pin board or on your fridge or freezer.Knowing your utilities and how to turn them of in an emergency

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