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cherry76
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edited 17 September 2023 at 8:44PM in Is this quote fair?
How much should I expect to pay to fix creaking floorboard small landing upstairs? Is it a carpenter/joiner for the job?Thanks

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  • maisie_cat
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    The cheapest is to do it yourself, it's a small job to renail, nail or screw the board back down. The chances are that the original brad has worked loose, and depending on whether the boards are exposed or under something you could punch the brad back or simply put a screw through into the joist to hold the board down.
    If you are unable to do it yourself a handyman will be cheaper than a carpenter although both will possibly charge half or whole day rate so maybe £100-£300. 
  • FreeBear
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    maisie_cat said: The cheapest is to do it yourself, it's a small job to renail, nail or screw the board back down. The chances are that the original brad has worked loose, and depending on whether the boards are exposed or under something you could punch the brad back or simply put a screw through into the joist to hold the board down.
    Be mindful that there could be pipes and/or cables just under the boards - The last thing you want is a nail or screw going through a pipe or cable.
    If you have chipboard flooring, I'd recommend drilling a pilot hole through the chipboard (and it only needs to go through the chipboard) before inserting any screws. If you drive a screw in to chipboard without drilling a pilot hole, there is a good chance that a crumb of chipboard will be pushed out between the joist - This will give rise to a permanent squeak every time you move around.
    Better still, if you can lift all the boards, do so, and give the tops of the joists a good clean and do the same to the back of the boards. Use some No-Nails type adhesive on top of the joists, and use plenty of screws.

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