How to fix a squeaky floor under carpet?

by Bjm22163464

How to fix squeaky floors? Floors are carpeted throughout.

  12 answers
  • Cga32507083 Cga32507083 on Feb 02, 2018

    There are plywood underneath the carpet that is old and may need to be replaced with new and then replaced with carpet.

  • Shauna Tindall Gummere Shauna Tindall Gummere on Feb 02, 2018

    Find where the squeak is coming from and using thin nail that you can get through the carpet hammer it down in. The pull the nap of the carpet up and hammer again to set the nail into the flooring. A carpenter showed me that trick. Was just a matter of a few floorboards coming loose. Hope this helps.

  • Galen W. Yoder Galen W. Yoder on Apr 07, 2018

    There are kits you can purchase that show you how to solve the problem with screws and instructions, try Home Depot or Lowes. I have also used Galvanized 10d, or 16d Casing nails (Finished Head only!) By finding the squeak and the adjacent floor joist drive a nail thru the carpet and into the Joist. put enough pressure on the floor while driving the nail and making sure your hitting the joists. By hitting the nail hard enough you will be able to tell if it is below the level of the pad below the carpet. If you don't hit a joist you could possibly create new squeaks, so make sure your hitting something really solid as your driving the nail-- if you miss and you can see the nail driving without resistance, Stop -pull the nail back and angle it one way or the other to see if you can make SOLID contact with the joist. The galvanized nail will grip exceptionally well and after you've driven the nail through the carpet, roughing up the carpet area the nail went through will make it appear nothing has even happened. The screw system I mentioned does the same thing but is much more expensive!

  • Jacqueline Gerarden Jacqueline Gerarden on Jun 16, 2018

    pull carpet aside best you can drill small hole near squeak spray in 10 w 40 or pam cooking spray

  • I squeeky floor is usually from a loose floor board. I was always told to put powder down, which does help a little bit. But it is easier to fix the issue and add some more nails to the floorboards. A brad nail gun works great because there is no need to pull up the carpets if you have them.

    • Mar33482700 Mar33482700 on Jun 17, 2018

      I would definitely go with Anita's reply. The reason floors creak is because over time the boards loosen and they need tightening. However I would opt for pulling up the carpet in case you have nice wood under it. If it's in the middle of the floor (which it usually is from more wear to the area) pull the carpet from the closest wall and start rolling it up so you can make your repair. This repair should last at least another ten to twenty years depending on the wood underneath.

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Nov 10, 2019

    Pull up the carpet and screw the sub flooring into the floor joists.

    Then have the carpet re-stretched.

  • Zard Pocleeb Zard Pocleeb on Nov 10, 2019

    There’s a tool that’s made just for this job. It also comes with special screws that the head snaps off flush with the floor. The tool is very inexpensive. You just need to locate the joist(s) with a stud finder...another inexpensive tool. Here’s a link to Amazon for the tools.

  • Denise Dome Denise Dome on Nov 17, 2019
    If the area that’s squeaking is on the lower level & you have a basement or crawl below it I e used shims between the floor bard & the support beams. Never have had a problem since! Cheap & easy!
  • Oliva Oliva on Aug 01, 2018

    Tom Silva, of " This Old House" shows a video where he uses a newer product (Squeek no More) that attaches special bits to a drill and a device used for carpet. They're installed through the carpet, cure the squeek, and are not detectable!

  • Janet Janet on Mar 20, 2018

    You need to renail the floor boards from underneath after time they just simply get loose .

  • Dai Jenkins Dai Jenkins on Feb 16, 2019

    You have to lift your carpet and get a carpenter to nail down the floor boards, the reason for a carpenter, he should know the right way to nail the boards down.


  • Susan Ellis Yamakawa Susan Ellis Yamakawa on Apr 19, 2018

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