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psuworker 12-05-2007 08:04 AM

Sqeeky Floors...
I have a small 1970's ranch in Central Pa, that we got suckered into about 5 years ago. The floors are plywood covered with carpet or vinyl. The problem is that the floors in the entire house make noise whenever anyone walks on them. Of course the heavier you are the more you hear. It's worsening with time, and now to the point of driving me crazy.

I am only an amateur with house repair and looking for any ideas on how to fix, or even lessen the problem (if at all possible), short of ripping everything up. My wife had a stroke, and can't work anymore, so I'm looking for any cost effective way to treat or repair the problem.

Thanks in advance,
Bill from Duncansville, PA.

travelover 12-05-2007 08:40 AM

Floor squeaks are caused by relative motion of two pieces - like wood and a nail or two sections of flooring. You need to determine what is moving and stop it.

This article ,(or similar on the net) explain how to do that.

ToolGuy 12-05-2007 04:58 PM

I've never tried it myself but I understand the screws designed for this are very effective, assuming you can find the joists. The screws are specially designed with a score-line where you can snap off the remainder of the screw after it is driven the proper depth. From what I understand, you can use them right through the carpet. You can find them at McFeely's, among other places.

ctkulig 12-06-2007 07:50 AM

I had some floors that also squeeked, I found this tool called Squeeeeek No More at HD. You find the floor joist and screw in special screws through the carpet and snap them off. It worked for my floors. They also sell it on Amazon.

ctkulig 12-06-2007 07:52 AM

sorry tool guy
Sorry Tool Guy, I didn't read you post

ToolGuy 12-06-2007 08:05 AM


Originally Posted by ctkulig (Post 13070)
Sorry Tool Guy, I didn't read you post

That's quite okay. I didn't know a kit was available at Home Depot and Amazon. I have no vested interst in McFeely's, just happend to know they stock the screws. ;)

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