Do-it-yourself tips on silencing squeaky floors
NAPSI â€” The next time you are looking for a way to give a noisy ï¬‚oor the "silent treatment" there's good news. With a little bit of effort and the right equipment, eliminating squeaks can be the type of home-repair project that responds to the do-it-yourself approach. Experts say most squeaks are often caused when the subï¬‚oor rubs on the top surface of the ï¬‚oor joist and/or on the shank of regular nails. Begin by locating the squeaks. Once they are located and marked with painters' blue masking tape, ï¬nd your joists and the direction in which they run. Next, check to see if the squeaks you marked are in the same area as the ï¬‚oor joists. If they are, you are ready to begin attacking them directly. Here's where ï¬‚oor hardware designed speciï¬cally for the task can make all the difference. Fortunately, there are repair kits created to eliminate ï¬‚oor squeaks whether they're found under carpeting, in hardwood or softwood ï¬‚oors, or in stairs. In the past, getting rid of squeaks usually required getting direct access More â€” that contains a plastic molded alignment and depth control ï¬xture, 50 specially scored 3-inch by 1/8-inch diameter screws, a customized driver bit to regulate the depth at which to drive the screw, and a joist-ï¬nding screw to locate the joist from above. In addition to eliminating unwanted squeaks, it also offers the added convenience of not having to crawl around under the ï¬‚oor to get the job done. When the squeak is in a hardwood ï¬‚oor, a different product designed speciï¬cally for that kind of project may help. Called Counter Snap, it was created to help repair squeaky hardwood ï¬‚oors and stairs. Each kit includes 30 screws, the Counter Snap ï¬xture, a No. 2 recess square-head driver and instructions. Another product, called SqueakEnder, pulls the subï¬‚oor securely to the joist to help ï¬x squeaks between the bottom side of the subï¬‚oor and the top of the ï¬‚oor joist. The bracket slips over the bolt and slips around the joist and the nut is tightened.
underneath the ï¬‚oor to get at the joist. Not anymore. When the squeak is under a carpeted ï¬‚oor, there is an innovative repair kit â€” called Squeeeeek No