The old houses are so charming, but they can come with rattles and squeaky floors that are annoying and can keep you awake all night long. Two of the most common problems are rattling doors and squeaky floors that are actually very easy to repair, you can do it yourself with some simple tools.
Ratchet Doors – Moving the Trunk
Doors that rattle in an air stream are generally too loose in their frame. This is often due to the fact that the waste is not in the right position. The strike is the metal recess on the door frame on which the lock engages when the door closes.
Tools Required: Pencil, Screwdriver, Chisel, Square Combination
1. The first step is to measure the area accurately to successfully adapt to the waste. Take the square combination and on the door, measure this gap between the door latch and the edge of the door (closing edge, the side that closes first).
2. Take the above measurement and transfer to the door frame, to the area between the edge of the door frame and the front edge of the latch opening.
3. Now move the lock to this new position. Drill holes in the door frame to guide the screws into position. Chisel the wood of the door frame to allow the latches to take a new position and finally, screw it in place.
Repairing a Detached Floorboard
In older homes, loose or creaking floors are a common problem, but they are easy to fix. Screws are the most effective rather than nails for securing floorboards, but when they are used on exposed floors, they may not be well made with screws, so choose nails.
Tools needed: Drill, Hammer, Nail
1. Select one side of the floorboard and drill a pilot hole through the panel and into the joist below. Make sure to use a smaller (thinner) drill bit than the actual nail you are going to use.
2. If the floor is going to be exposed, drive a nail into the hole. If the floor is covered, choose a screw as it will provide a much more secure connection.
3. If you use a fingernail, hit the nail heads just under the surface using a set of nails. If necessary, repeat the process on the other side of the floor board.
Now you should have a quieter home on those cold evenings and you're one step closer to knowing how to fix everything and anything.