Repurposing the Multipurpose Room
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Repurposing the Multipurpose Room

For the last 10 years, the third bedroom in my home has been serving dual purposes. I’ve been utilizing it as a home office. My husband uses it as a home gym. However, before long, this multipurpose room will need to be repurposed into a nursery. Because I can’t allow my future baby to sleep on a treadmill, my husband and I need the assistance of a remodeling contractor. This type of professional can improve this chaotic space and help turn it back into its intended purpose, a bedroom. If you need to remake one of the rooms in your home, consider hiring a remodeling contractor to complete the work for you. On this blog, you will learn the ways a remodeling contractor can transform a multipurpose room into the space you need.


Repurposing the Multipurpose Room

How To Ensure A Squeak-Free Hardwood Floor

Joel Nguyen

Few household problems can drive you as bonkers as a squeaky hardwood floor. Unfortunately, such squeaks are a huge pain to fix once a floor is already installed. Therefore, it pays to install your floor correctly the first time around. If you would like to learn more about how to keep hardwood floor squeak-free, read on.

This article will take you through the process step by step:

The Causes

There are two main factors that lead to squeaky floor:

  • a subfloor that has been insufficiently fastened
  • a subfloor that isn't level

In both cases, the cause is the same: friction generated between wood and metal. In the first problem, this friction occurs between the subfloor and any nails that have been driven too loosely. In the second, it has to do with the floor flexing downward over uneven portions of the subfloor. This results in squeaks as the floorboards move up and the nail shafts.

Fastening The Subfloor

To discourage squeaks, the subfloor must be thoroughly fastened to the joists beneath it. This has commonly been accomplished using special nails. The problem, however, is that over time nails always manage to work loose. Better results can be achieved by using screws in addition to any preexisting nails.

Use screws that are coarse-threaded and which will penetrate a minimum of 1-1/4" into the joist. To determine the appropriate screw length you'll need to know the thickness of your subfloor. If your subfloor has already been installed, take a measurement of the distance between each row of nail heads. If this distance is less than 19-1/2", your subfloor is probably 3/4" thick. Distances greater than this generally indicate a subfloor up to 1-1/2" thick.

Leveling The Subfloor

Ensuring a level sub-floor requires three simple items:

  • a straightedge, or yardstick
  • a level
  • a handful asphalt roofing shingles

Use your level to find the subfloor's highest spot. Place one end of your straightedge here, and rotate it slowly in a circle. Ask a helper to watch the subfloor beneath the straightedge; in this manner, they should be able to identify any depressions or dips.

Once you've figured out where any such low spots are, stack up as many roofing shingles as necessary to get them level with the rest of the subfloor. If necessary, cut smaller pieces with a utility knife to help fill in smaller depressions. You don't need to be too worried about nailing the shingles down--the flooring nails will help with that. In the meantime, though, it's a good idea to hammer in a few tacks to help keep them from sliding out of place.

To learn more, contact a company like Front Range Interiors with any questions or concerns you have.