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snook 02-09-2013 10:06 PM

Sound when walking on second floor
 
I have a two story house, that I bought 8 months back. The home is made my Legacy homes - with brick veneer outside. The house is made in 2004. There was little sound when I bought and started using the house in summer. Now in winter there are more areas I am hearing the sound. When I am walking on the second floor living room, I am hearing sound.

What is the reason for the sound? And what should I do?

Vinu

ajr4997378 02-10-2013 07:18 AM

Your house may still be settling. The old part of my house was built in the 1950's and its still settling

oldognewtrick 02-10-2013 08:32 AM

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Originally Posted by snook (Post 83413)
I have a two story house, that I bought 8 months back. The home is made my Legacy homes - with brick veneer outside. The house is made in 2004. There was little sound when I bought and started using the house in summer. Now in winter there are more areas I am hearing the sound. When I am walking on the second floor living room, I am hearing sound.

What is the reason for the sound? And what should I do?

Vinu

Could you describe the sound. popping, clicking, constant, banging, when the waters on or sudenly shuts off, when the winds blowing, noise from squirrels running in the attic?

Wuzzat? 02-10-2013 10:36 AM

Get heavier and lighter neighbors to walk on your floor and see if the sound changes.
Do you have freezing & thawing where you live?

I guess you could do a YouTube video with sound.

snook 02-10-2013 12:42 PM

Yes this is definitely not settling sound - I know what settling sound is and I do hear them from different locations in my house every now and then. This is the sound coming from floor upstairs. Most likely it is the popping sound and it is not constant, you can hear it only when you walk. It looks like the wood underneath the carpet is not holding on the wooden planks. Please see the video I have taken,

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I am living in North Texas - we don't have freezing sounds.

Thanks
Snook

nealtw 02-10-2013 10:10 PM

Two things to look at. Check the length of the span and the demension of the floor joist, just check the thickness of the floor at the top of the stairs. Roll back the carpet and look for loose nails, add screws.

snook 02-11-2013 08:12 AM

Thanks - So I need to remove the carpet and look for loose nails. Is there a difference in summer and winter - will the wood shrink in winter causing more popping sound?

nealtw 02-11-2013 08:48 AM

Things change with moisture in the air or when it drys out.
Floor joists that are close to the limit of the allowable span will flex under load, which will work at the nails, both the nails thru the plywood deck and the nails holding them in place on top of the walls.

snook 02-11-2013 09:28 AM

So the best fix is to remove the carpet -look at the plywood deck and add some nails for screws right? Or what is the best way to fix it. Can it be done by a beginner like me?

nealtw 02-11-2013 09:53 AM

I would pull up one corner and at least look at the at it to see if the is any movement around the nails when you walk on it and drive some 2" deck screws to see if that makes a difference. You will find a underlay pad that has ben stapled down, you will want to carefully pull the staples so you don't wreck the pad. If that appears to help then look at removing the carpet, it would need to be cut at the door ways, and likely reinstalled by a pro.


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