DIY Home Improvement, Remodeling & Repair Forum > DIY Home Improvement > Flooring > Help with Creaking Stairs




Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 08-23-2006, 12:10 AM  
lostmyhammer
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 2
Default Help with Creaking Stairs

We have 90-year old home with wood stairs - most are constructed with two boards which are separating and making creaking noises. There is no such thing as tiptoeing up the stairs at our house. Would appreciate any advice you can give. Is there a product available to bring boards together? Thanks!



__________________
lostmyhammer is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-23-2006, 09:21 PM  
Square Eye
Senior Member
 
Square Eye's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 1,273
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts

Default

That's a tough one. Is there a way to access the boards from underneath?
I have taken drywall down to get to the underside before.
You may have to do the same.
The treads can be bumped back together from the back.
No Easy button for squeaky stairs.

If you can not access the bottom of the treads,
you may be able to glue some blocks to the treads on each side of the crack. Then you can use clamps to just draw the treads back together.
Glue them first!

The only other solution I know of is to screw blocks on the treads and draw them together. Not very pretty though.



__________________

[URL="http://www.houserepairtalk.com/announcement.php?f=39&a=6"][size=3]The Ten Commandments of House Repair Talk[/size][/URL]



[URL="http://home.bellsouth.net/p/s/community.dll?ep=16&groupid=289528&ck="]Square Eye's home page[/URL]

Square Eye is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-23-2006, 09:47 PM  
lostmyhammer
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 2
Default Creaky Stairs

Yes, the stairs to the basement are directly below the stairs to the second floor, (which squeak). I should try (with hammer?) to pound the back of the stair tread toward the front? Then do I nail anything, if I succeed in damping the creak?

I'm probably not making sense.

Thank You.

__________________
lostmyhammer is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-23-2006, 10:50 PM  
Square Eye
Senior Member
 
Square Eye's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 1,273
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts

Default

You need to get some carpenters wood glue in the crack from the top.
After it settles in a little, then push, if you can, the steps back up tight.
Wipe the glue that squishes out with a damp, not wet rag.
Let them set before you use them if you can.
or stay out of the middle of the treads.
If the tread will not push up tight, you may have to tap it in with a hammer.
Don't pound it too hard, just snug it together.
You could also glue permanent blocks on the bottom of the treads and use a clamp to draw them together. This of course takes more time.

If you notice squeaking from the sides,
you can stuff thin flat shims in the sides where the steps attach.

Try to resist using nails if you can.
You risk splitting the treads and having to replace them.

__________________

[URL="http://www.houserepairtalk.com/announcement.php?f=39&a=6"][size=3]The Ten Commandments of House Repair Talk[/size][/URL]



[URL="http://home.bellsouth.net/p/s/community.dll?ep=16&groupid=289528&ck="]Square Eye's home page[/URL]

Square Eye is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-24-2006, 08:30 PM  
inspectorD
Housebroken
HRT_MODERATOR.png
 
inspectorD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Litchfield, CT
Posts: 4,075
Liked 123 Times on 103 Posts
Likes Given: 301

Default Messy job.

We have had some success with gorilla glue. Tape off the stairs so only the cracks are exposed. Use duct tape so the glue does not absorb into paper type of tapes.Then remove when dry and scrape the stairs of all that glue residue.

Messy job but works good.

Do a small spot first to get used to the expansion of the gorilla glue. It expands a lot.

Gorilla glue= urethane glue.



__________________

Just My
Made in the

inspectorD is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter DIY Home Repair Forum Replies Last Post
laminate floors @ stairs wes127 Flooring 4 01-31-2011 07:45 PM
Creaky stairs. Need to screw them down. marif Flooring 12 01-12-2011 08:21 AM
Installing carpet/baseboard on stairs question. mike62 Flooring 1 08-15-2006 01:26 PM
Replacing Stairs broke Flooring 4 04-10-2006 11:00 PM
laminate floors @ stairs wes127 General Chit-Chat 0 12-17-2005 06:13 PM