the floor hardly bounced at all and the client was happy. but i know now that we could have made that floor just as stiff—even stiffer—with a lot less trouble and expense. this article will show you three better ways to take the bounce out of a floor. you can stiffen the floor in just one room, or in as many rooms as you like.
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tom's house was built in 1765, but bouncy floors aren't just an old-house problem. even structurally sound, code-compliant new floors can deflect, or flex, more than feels comfortable. there are a variety of ways to stiffen a floor; the method (or methods) tom chooses depend as much on practicality as on effectiveness.
how to fix sagging floors and stiffen bouncy floors by reinforcing joists or adding new columns. shortening the span by adding a center beam or load-bearing wall will stiffen the floor dramatically. even building a closet along one wall in the basement that shortens the span from 10 ft. to 7-8 ft. could help a lot.
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if the china cabinet in the next room rattles as you walk across the floor, try stiffening that floor fast with inexpensive metal braces called “bridging.” bridging allows each joist to share weight with its neighbors and can cut “deflection”—how much the joists flex—by half. even if
synopsis: bouncy floors are one of the most vexing problems faced in houses, both new and old. contributing editor mike guertin teams up with structural engineer david grandpré to detail six common, and not-so-common, ways to stiffen up the joists and keep the china cabinet from wobbling.
some deflection in floors is good a well-designed wood floor feels stiff as you walk on it but still gives slightly under foot, absorbing some of the impact of your steps. too much bounce, though, can make the china cabinet wobble. you can shore up floor joists and reduce the bounce in a number of ways, but
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