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 Post subject: occasional popping noise from new installation
PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:18 am 
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Hi everyone,

After installing around 600 sq.ft, I hear occasional nail pops here and there. The pops dont stay though. (it has been around 7-8 days since I installed it). It's not a lot but would like to check if there is anything I can do.


Some background info:

a. Engineered Hardwood 7.44 inches. 9/16 inch.

b. acclimated for around 3-4 weeks.

c. humidity was ranging from 45-55 prior to installation and it's still around that number.

d. moisture reading was done prior to installation as well. I don't recall the exact number but it was within the range specified by the manufacturer.

e. To install, I am using1.5 inches 18G staples. (approx. 4 inch between each staples)

f. Underlayment - Sound Blok 3mm thick (3mm thick; .08mm Plastic; Sound Absorbing Foam)

g. T&G 3/4 inch plywood. ( have access to unfinished basement)


I used shingles here and there to make sure the subfloor is leveled.


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 Post subject: Re: occasional popping noise from new installation
PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:27 pm 
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Does the manufacturer recommend using the foam when stapling the flooring down? This may allow some movement of the flooring.


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 Post subject: Re: occasional popping noise from new installation
PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2020 9:07 am 
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After digging some more, the manufacturer recommends 15 lb asphalt saturated felt, AquabarB, or moisturemat.
It looks like I was duped by the salesperson. My original plan was to just get the 15lb asphalt felt but then the salesman recommended against it.

I now have 1000+Sq ft of hardwood installed. I probably won't be able to take it out. I removed a row and ended up scratching up few pieces. So if I remove all, I am pretty much half the pieces will get damaged.

What are my options now?


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 Post subject: Re: occasional popping noise from new installation
PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 7:54 pm 
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The flooring will probably always move a little. The boards will be a little loose so they may make some noise, but not too much. I have heard that if the boards are loose you could put some talcum powder between the boards.


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 Post subject: Re: occasional popping noise from new installation
PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2020 10:18 pm 
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With floating, it generally takes few months for the be noise to go away.
I am assuming same can be said about this?


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