shaky floors in 3rd floor apartment

illusenJune 2, 2010

I moved in about a month ago, and quickly noticed the floors vibrated a ton when you walk on them. Even the across-the-hall neighbors' footsteps shake the couch I'm sitting on. I've had mini-panic attacks multiple times out of fear of the floor collapsing. They just don't feel sturdy at all, even though I've been reassured they're safe. Id like to be able to have guests over but I'm paranoid that the shaking will be too much for me to handle and I don't want to piss off the people downstairs by stomping too much. Anny suggestions?

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    Bookmark   June 2, 2010 at 10:45PM
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Well I hardly think that the immediate solution is to move, since you've just moved in a month ago! Do you have any carpenter or otherwise knowledgeable friends that can assess the situation for you? Have you spoken to the neighbors about this, and if so, do they have similar concerns? I am assuming that it is just a really old house.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2010 at 10:01AM
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What do you mean by vibrate? Can you describe that better? Do you feel any 'give' or bouncing soft spots as you step?

I'm no flooring expert but when we put hardwood on the 2nd floor of our home we put a special padding underneath to buffer sound and cushion it some. It's helped a great deal to reduce echo and noise. Still, if someone goes tromping through at a fast clip some of the pieces in my hutch will vibrate a little. Very slight. Large area rugs can help reduce noise and vibration, too.

Plus the flooring forum here might be able to help. We had some floor boards below our kitchen subfloor that were getting loose and creaky, but that was easy access via the basement to put new screws in the joists to tighten all that up again (some can work loose over time with use). Tho I know that's not easy access for you, it might be something simple like that. My point is I wouldn't worry about the floor collapsing, you'd really feel instability under your feet walking on that.

If the budget's tight check big box stores for carpet area rugs, they have some decent ones that don't cost an arm and a leg. Some of my tenants are using those over hardwood in one house. Looks nice and I think it was under $30 for 6x8 or 8x10 with finished edges.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2010 at 7:56PM
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I also wanted to know about shaky floors . This page provides some really useful information. Thanks!

    Bookmark   February 6, 2012 at 11:33PM
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