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How to Fix a Squeaky Floor


Squeaky floors create a cheap home atmosphere. It also shows your friends and neighbors that you need to care more for your home. They are embarrassing, and take the peace and quiet right out of the home sweet home. That's why I'm going to give you advice on how to fix them.

Steps


Squeaky floors are caused by the separate pieces of the floor (floor boards or the sub floor sheets) rubbing against one another; the intermittent "stiction" causes vibrations: noise. If you prohibit the boards from moving, you will have no squeaks.


If you have access to the floor from below
Use some screws:

Find the squeaky board.
Put a couple hundred pound weight on the board, if possible.
Select a screw somewhat shorter than the combined thickness of your subfloor and floorboard. Sheetmetal screws, with their flat points, work well.
Drill a properly sized pilot hole for a screw.
[Drive-a-Woodscrew|Install the screw]
You may wish to use multiple screws along the length of the floor board.
Alternatively, you may use a commercial product called the squeakender:

The Squeakender is available from Ace Hardware. It's such a new product that many stores don't have them yet, tell them it's item #5396270. The cost is usually under $8.
Don't worry they're easy to install, there are videos to show you how to exactly install them on their website and youtube. This is the step by step process.
From the underside of floor, locate the vicinity of squeak. Inset hanger bolt with head in concave of anchor plate. Position plate against joist.
Inset hanger bolt with head in concave of anchor plate. Position plate against joist.
Screw anchor plate to floor, touching nearest joint in general area of squeak.
Slip joist bracket over joist and hanger bolt.
Install washer and hand tighten hex nut with wrench until squeaking stops.

If you don't have access to the floor from below
Find the squeaky board.
Put a couple hundred pound weight on the board, if possible.
Secure the floorboard/subfloor to the joist (beam supporting the floor) using finishing nails or woodscrews.
Countersink the nail or screw.
If using nails, fill in the hole using a fill stick the same color as your floor.

For the lazy
Try lubricating the boards by sweeping some talcum powder or powdered graphite into the gap between the floorboards.
Try wedging a glazier point (or a few) into the gap between the boards.
Tips
Be sure not to over tighten the Squeakender. This can be done when tightening the hex nut.
When you tighten the hex nut, you will hear the squeak stop, because you are pulling your floor board back down to the sub-floor.
When installing
Screws hold better than nails. If normal screws would be unsightly, you can use special screws like "Squeeeeek No More" or "Counter Snap", which snap off - essentially countersinking themselves. These can even be installed through carpeting.

Things You'll Need
Phillips head screwdriver
Adjustable wrench
Hammer
finishing nails
countersinking punch
fill wax the same color as your floor
Drill with bit
Screws