Wobbly floorboards - no wonder!

Discussion in 'Carpenters' Talk' started by fred812, Jan 6, 2021.

  1. FlyByNight

    FlyByNight Screwfix Select

    At least the cross pieces have been well fitted!

    This is what I was suggesting you need to fit ...


    Use the hangers, you could go for 44 with some sanding, or use the 47 and put a 2mm packer in there to make it tight.
  2. fred812

    fred812 Active Member

    That's exactly what I'm going to do.
    I'll get the 47mm I think, thats only 1mm each side, it'll probably be fine as it is. If not will those shims you mentioned do the job?
    Thanks again for your help.
  3. FlyByNight

    FlyByNight Screwfix Select

    They should be tight to stop twisting, and there is heat local, so a 2mm on one side will be fine. Screw hangers to existing in rebates if you want to keep perfect level and when fitted, screw new timber to hangers too.

    If you find the hanger is too high - shave/chisel a touch off the bottom of the timber. If too low, just put a shim in the bottom of the hanger.

    And another tip.

    Loose fit the boards and with a decent marker, draw out the pipe runs including 25+ mm margin each side and write what it is! Then there will be no excuse for screwing through. If you lift some of my carpets, it looks like a graffiti artist has been there with comments about pipes, cable runs, &c.
  4. dray

    dray Active Member

    Don't forget to sort out the high pipe that was initially causing the board to rock?
  5. JOMEL

    JOMEL Active Member

    Hi Guys.
    Its been nice to see the help offered regarding this problem
    50 years since I was on the sites.(plumber)
    I did loose track of the comments I admit.
    But WELL DONE all of you,
    YEA mark them damn pipes.

    Take care gents

    Johnny M
  6. Joe the Plumber

    Joe the Plumber Screwfix Select

    I marked some pipes years ago and my customer came in to look at what I'd done. He thought for a bit, and said "What are "Pee One Pez"?" (Read it out loud).

    I said, "We called them 'PIPES'!"(Which is what I'd written on the lines I'd marked).

    One of my better laughs over the years.

    He was great. He spent 15 minutes with his mates the evening after I'd fitted his new loo's soft close seat, lifting it up and letting it go back down, looking on in wonder. He
    said it reminded him of 'Soft Eject' on a cassette tape player.
  7. fred812

    fred812 Active Member

    It wasn't rocking, it was sagging (and probably rocking a bit) that was the problem. It was the 800mm+ span and the fact that the notches were too big and went under the edge of the boards. The worst board was effectively being supported by the 22mm pipes.
  8. fred812

    fred812 Active Member

    Great advice, thanks again.
  9. JOMEL

    JOMEL Active Member

    Hi Guys
    It is interesting when more in our appentiship and later
    working for years on different sites/jobs .
    What we learned of all trade as we watched .
    We take it for granted that all folk have been thru this learning curve.
    I have friends WAY up in ministry circles.
    If you gave them a hammer and a nail .
    The nail would bent and the hammer would break.
    I often wonder what those little jobs around the home
    would of cost us if we had paid for then.
    Best of luck to the DIY guys giving it a go

    Johnny M
  10. fred812

    fred812 Active Member

    Seconded. The help given in this thread has been amazing and very much appreciated. I now understand far more than I did at the start and I cringe at some of the (what I now know to be daft) comments I made, but they stayed with me.

    If the pubs were open I'd buy you all a pint ;-)
    Joe the Plumber and Jord86 like this.
  11. Jord86

    Jord86 Screwfix Select

    It's all a learning curve. Daft comments don't matter as long as it works out in the end.
  12. JOMEL

    JOMEL Active Member

    I take chittys for later on in the year.
    No problems

    Johnny M
  13. FlyByNight

    FlyByNight Screwfix Select

    Majestic will still deliver - a nice pint of S African Pinotage goes down well.
  14. JOMEL

    JOMEL Active Member

    SAAA what
    Newcastle boy here
    Maan its gorra be broon ale

    Just going back to the plumbing under the floor.
    I would of used less lead if i had done wiped joints.
    Give me Yorkshire fitting every day,

    Take care My JAB is booked for next Saturday
    One of the advantages of being old I am informed.
    I will take legal advice on that.

    Johnny M

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