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Hardwood floors squeaking - It's NOT the subfloor...

2 years ago

...what to do? I am installing laminate planks over the old hardwood floors. They are in poor shape, not worth salvaging. Problem is they squeak, and I can actually see the boards move when walking on them. I am not interested in saving the floors for future generations... so my question is, can I drive ring shank flooring nails into the floor from above (does it have to be in the groove in between boards?) and into the subfloor? Would that stop the squeaking? Or do I need to rip them out completely, which would subsequently entail adding plywood to match the height of the floor with the next room(s)? Plan is to then lay 3mm underlayment and new laminate over that. Thanks in advance!

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