Underneath every good floor is a sub-floor, and there’s nothing worse than a creaky one. To help keep late-night kitchen runs between just you and the snacks, it’s important to have the right tools for the job. Simpson Strong-Tie® Quik Drive® Auto-Feed Screw Gun Kit features quick-loading screw strips, precise countersink adjustment and a patented auto-advance mechanism, making turning those squeaking floors into solid, peaceful ground a breeze. With Simpson Strong-Tie Quik Drive and its sub-floor attachment, you can follow these three steps to say goodbye to waking the house while getting that late-night pick-me-up, for good!
Measure (And Measure Again)
Pull out the measuring tape and your favourite carpenter’s pencil. If you have an old subfloor, make sure to mark on the wall where the joists are (using the old screws as a guide) before laying down your new subfloor on top. Measure (twice) and cut your new plywood so that it lands on the centre of the furthest joist, oriented 90 degrees to the direction the old floor is laying. Account for a half-centimetre between each board, as well as between each board and the wall.
Cut & Fit
Once you’ve measured and measured again, take your measurements to your plywood to get cutting and fitting. To ensure straight, square-cut lines, use a square or a T-square. When you’re happy with the cuts, do a dry fit to ensure that they’re accurate. Use at least one-centimetre thick sheets of plywood for simply squeaky floors – and for floors that are squeaky and uneven, consider using thicker sheets (up to about one-and-half centimetres thick) to help smooth out any small unwanted dips or bumps.
Glue, Lay & Screw
Finally, you can pull out your Simpson Strong-Tie Quik Drive and a quiver of collated screws to put an end to all the squeaking that’s keeping your family awake. Cover the bottom of each piece of plywood you’re installing with an even layer of solvent-based subfloor glue and carefully lay each piece in place. Install the Quik Drive Strong-Drive® WSV Subfloor collated screws 30 centimetres on-centre over each board, avoiding the joists that the old subfloor is screwed to while the glue dries.
When it comes to fastening subfloor to wood, you’ll save time and money at home or on the job site with Simpson Strong-Tie Quik Drive – every time. Before you know it, you’ll be browsing options for hardwood, laminate, or tile – never having to worry about that jarring creakiness ever again.