Have seen TV shows where they cut down squeaking floors under carpet by
using special screws through the carpet and then break the heads off.
Local Home Depot, Lowes & Ace do not carry these. Anyone know where
they can be purchased or the name of a manufacturer?
Thanks in advance.
Pretty well -- this was under carpet, so I didn't have to fill any
holes. The kit came with a long screw threaded just at the bottom to
help find joists (drive in 1/2 inch, if you can't move it then it's in
a joist), a three-pointed guide to stop the screws at the right depth
(and help snap the top off), a driver bit to match, and a pile of the
special screws. I had to drive a bunch in a couple of places to get a
warped part of the subfloor down, but most of the squeeks were
eliminated or lessened considerably. Can't see or feel any of the
I see it on HD's website, but it says "Online Only"; may or may not
still be available in some stores:
Annoyingly, the HD name is "Squeeeeek No More", so searching for
"squeek" doesn't find it. Idiots...
I do need to go back and add a few more now, thanks for adding this to
my weekend to-do list :-)
Agreed! If you know there is hardwood down there (pull up a floor
register, or a corner in a closet), and it is simply too squeaky to
bear, instead of screws you should use headless nails with the coated or
grooved sides, and drive them through the carpet with a punch. Those,
you can always find later, sink further, and putty. (as long as floor
never gets wet enough for them to leave rust spots, of course.) If a
first floor is squeaking, and basement isn't finished, attack from below.
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