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has anyone done anything successful to block up the draughty gaps in wooden floorboards?

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Cappuccino Sat 06-Sep-08 11:10:40

our cellar is below our front room and though it has a proper underdrawn ceiling, there is no insulation so you can feel cold air coming up through the gaps in the floorboards upstairs

we made a decision to do wooden floors because with dd's disability, and walking with a frame or crutches, it means it's really hard to keep clean - she can't wipe her wheels at the door, for example

dh has mentioned putting a line of PVA down; has anyone tried anything (and did it look shit grin)

we're going to be doing it ourselves, and I just can't face anything that has anything to do with sanding


yomellamoHelly Sat 06-Sep-08 11:27:31

Take up floorboards and relay closer together?
Take up floorboards and put down insulation?
Top with laminate?
The professionals make a paste of the sawdust obtained from sanding the floors back and pack that in to the gap, though over time it's liable to fall down the gap.

themildmanneredstalker Sat 06-Sep-08 11:30:04

we eneded up laying laminate on top. with a load of insulation between.
it was so daraughty and lots of dust came up too we found.

MatNanPlus Sat 06-Sep-08 11:37:19

Can you insulate the ceiling?

Other though is to use the expanding foam if the gaps in the floorboards are big enough to push the 'straw' into and you could do small bursts to form a sealing layer rather than fill to the top of the floorboards.

If that makes sense?

Then if you sanded the floors you could mix the shavings with PVA and feed into the gaps (icing bag is good) to give a filled/solid look to the floor?

marmadukescarlet Sat 06-Sep-08 11:40:22

There is a product called gripfill which is an expanding filler, it comes in several colours.

MLWfirsttimemum Sat 06-Sep-08 11:56:06

You could use the filler they use on boats to fill the gaps in the decking. It is black rubber chaulking, I used that in my old flat and it worked a treat (and was very easy to use). The advantage is that since it is rubberised it moves with the floorboards and doesn't crack or anything. You'd have to buy it in a boat/marine shop though.

FluffyMummy123 Sat 06-Sep-08 11:56:41

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Cappuccino Sat 06-Sep-08 11:57:32

hmm wonder about the filler

tbh - to be very honest - it needs to be something simple, and quick and that dh won't fiddle about in wickes looking at stuff for years, and think about talking to a builder, and faff about some more, and then we are still blardy freezing angry

gawd love him

we have so much on our plate at the moment

tho I do agree mildmannered, dust does come up. But I'd never get laminate past him. God no. He is a freaky wood fiend.

Cappuccino Sat 06-Sep-08 11:58:25

MLW the boat stuff - is it actually black? that would look a bit odd, I think, though I love the idea

cod we have plastic windows. bog off

FluffyMummy123 Sat 06-Sep-08 11:59:04

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themildmanneredstalker Sat 06-Sep-08 11:59:24

how about proper wood flooring then? or too expensive?

Cappuccino Sat 06-Sep-08 12:00:22

he bought a rug

it was white ffs, we had to freecycle it, it had tyre marks all across it every day the pillock

yes it was nice, but it didn't reach under the sofa, and the cold air is coming up from all over the room. If you go in there from the back room - nice new oak floor laid over concrete - the temperature drops

Cappuccino Sat 06-Sep-08 12:01:38

mms yes

we have no more budget left for this house sad

we had it completely gutted 3 years ago, went massively over budget, and we still are waiting for someone to come and put us a new roof on teh downstairs kitchen because it leaks

and we are having to pay again because the old builders went bust so no come-back sad

it is something in a tube from Wickes, budget-wise

FluffyMummy123 Sat 06-Sep-08 12:04:09

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themildmanneredstalker Sat 06-Sep-08 12:05:02

ok so the oak floor is laid over concrete?

can you lift it and lay insulation and then lay it again? are you handy ?

Cappuccino Sat 06-Sep-08 12:09:50

no oak floor in a different room

cod you sound like my mother

she would have the whole house covered in grubby bits of underfelt stuck down with duct tape

Cappuccino Sat 06-Sep-08 12:10:22

room in question is original pine floorboards

themildmanneredstalker Sat 06-Sep-08 12:11:56

aah sorry got confused.

ok -i agree with cod-buy a really big rug.
we have a big kelim style one-lots of colour and pattern and it doesn't show any dirt at all.

go to wickes and ask what they reccommend.

Cappuccino Sat 06-Sep-08 12:17:20


and a nice man

Cappuccino Sat 06-Sep-08 12:18:06

partic like 'make nice cup of tea' can do that

MatNanPlus Sat 06-Sep-08 12:20:49

Would it not be easier to tackle the cellar ceiling as you can do anything and not see it, maybe plastic/tarpaulin to stop air coming up?

MatNanPlus Sat 06-Sep-08 12:21:48

is the cellar ceiling the sort you could take done insulate and then replace?

Cappuccino Sat 06-Sep-08 12:22:52

cellar is a room

a cold room, but still a room

taking ceiling off and ruining it not an option grin

Cappuccino Sat 06-Sep-08 12:23:09

I like look of that on-a-roll stuff

at least for now

MatNanPlus Sat 06-Sep-08 12:32:40

That stop Gap looks good how wide are the gaps Cappuccino - says useful from 1-8mm wide - but no reason why you couldn't shove 2 rows down there

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