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How to avoid drilling into pipes when screwing floorboards?


 
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Homervanderjazz

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 4:33 pm Reply with quote

Hi I have a creaky floor and am planning to put some screws into it to stop this, however my main worry is that I will end up drilling into the heating pipes, is there any way to avoid this? Thanks for any help
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 4:51 pm Reply with quote

It may sound like a lot of work but the only really sure way is to lift the board before you fix it back down.
Saying that , it is sometimes common to find pipe runs under screwed boards whilist the rest of the floor may be nailed especially in older buildins that have had heating fitted at a later date.
I'd still lift though.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 7:36 pm Reply with quote

i was caught out once like this
had to lay a laminate floor on top off ply that was a bit springy
to reduce the spring i angled a screw in 3mm from the nail to follow the nail into the exact same area
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they had recycled 12mm ply and instead off removing the nails they just bent them over
at that point i turned off the gas told them to sort it out themselves as i wouldnt be back because off there stupidity i had put a screw through the gas pipe icon_cool.gif icon_cool.gif
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