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Easily Fix Squeaky Floors with the Squeeeeek No More Floor Repair Kit

Easily Fix Squeaky Floors with the Squeeeeek No More Floor Repair Kit

Do you ever day-dream about how to fix your squeaky floors?

Both the Mrs. and I wake up at 5 a.m. We try not to disturb our daughters while getting ready for work. But the squeaky floors in our bedroom and hallway make this a challenge.

After reading this post I guarantee you’ll discover how to easily fix the squeaky floors under your carpet in no time. Plus, there’s a surprise at the end that you don’t want to miss.

The floor repair kit that solved our squeaky floor problem is called Squeeeeek No More. After seeing it on an episode of This Old House I immediately went to my local hardware store and bought one.

At around $20 this is without a doubt one of the best DIY purchases I’ve ever made-right up there with my impact driver.

Here’s what you need to fix your squeaky floors:

  • Squeeeeek No More (floor repair kit)
  • Extra screws for Squeeeeek No More
  • Drill
  • Tape measure
  • Hammer
  • Stud finder

It’s pretty cool that the supply list is short (unlike my grocery list that boggles the human mind and slims the wallet like Jenny Craig).

I’m super excited to share my tutorial with you!! Let’s get started :)

The First Step in Fixing Squeaky Floors is a No Brainer: Find the Squeak

Finding the squeak in your floor is pretty easy. Walk over the carpet until you hear the creaking then mark off this area with string or yarn.

The squeak is caused by the wood subfloor that isn’t properly attached to the joist. You need to screw down the subfloor to the joist.

Joists are the horizontal wood beams that support the weight of your home. They are parallel to each other and span the length or width of your house.

Determining which way joists run can be a pain. Here’s a BIG TIP: If you’re trying to find the joist direction on your second floor remove a light fixture on the first floor.

Typically the fixture is screwed to the joist. Therefore the screw indicates the joist location.

In our case, I removed a recessed light and inserted a wire hanger through a slot to confirm the direction of the joist (making MacGyver proud, oh yah).

 

Easily Fix a Squeaky Floor-Determine the direction of your joists

 

Once you’ve determined the joist direction you have three ways to find its location under the carpet.

  1. Use a stud finder 
  2. Tap the carpet with a hammer to  find the difference in sound over the joist and adjacent empty bay
  3. Utilize the special joist finding tool in the Squeeeeek No More kit

If a stud finder doesn’t work I highly recommend you use a combination of #2 and #3 together.

Tap the squeaky floor with the hammer until you hear a different pitch sound. This indicates a joist. Confirm your suspicion by drilling the joist finding tool through the carpet.

This tool is like a drill bit but only has 4 threads then a smooth shaft. The smooth shaft allows the tool to drill through the carpet without hurting it.

 

Easily Fix a Squeaky Floor-Use the Joist Finding Tool

 

In addition, because there are so few threads on the joist finding tool it will only push itself back up through the wood subfloor if it is in a joist. This allows you to determine whether you found the joist or not.

I drilled through the carpet with the joist finding tool in 1/2 inch increments to verify the joist position.

Once you find one joist you’re set. Since joists are spaced every 16 inches you can use a measuring tape to measure 16 inches to the left or right to find the next one.

Again verify your findings with the joist finding tool.

The next step is to use the rest of the Squeeeeek No More floor repair kit. You’re going to love it :)

 

Use the Squeeeeek No More Floor Repair Kit

The Squeeeeek No More floor repair kit comes with these items

  • Tripod fixture for carpeted floors (aka Alignment & Depth Control fixture)
  • Fixture for hardwood or linoleum floors
  • 50 specially scored screws
  • Square driver bit with a stop
  • 2 joist finding tools

Squeeeeek No More can be used to fix floor squeaks under carpet, hardwood, and linoleum. This post only deals with carpet but you can visit the product’s website to get the tutorials on hardwood and linoleum.

Here’s how the floor repair kit works: the special screws have 8 threads per inch on the first inch and 9 threads per inch on the second inch then a score line.

 

Easily Fix Squeaky Floors-Use the special screws that come with Squeeeeek No More

 

The change in thread count allows the screw to pull the wood subfloor tight to the joist. In addition, the threads of the special screw are coated with wax which prevents the carpet from being damaged.

Place the tripod fixture down over the joist.

Insert the square driver bit into your drill and put a screw on the end of it.

Push the driver bit/screw through the tripod fixture and drill the screw through the carpet, into the joist.

You’ll know the screw is down as far as it can go when you hear it rumble. The screw heads (at least in my case) were about 1/4 inch above the carpet.

This will pull the wood subfloor super tight to the joist and fix the squeak in your carpeted floor.

Turn the tripod fixture over on its side.

Slip the screw gripper on the tripod fixture over the screw head.

Then rock the tripod fixture left to right. This will snap off the screw head at the score mark which is below the wood subfloor and carpet.

PRETTY AWESOME!

You won’t feel or see the screw in your carpet.

Trust me here, I wouldn’t have used this product if there was any chance that my wife would cut her toe on a screw head.

I did this project after getting in trouble for not fixing a door (in case you’d like read about that story check out this post) and wasn’t about to get in more hot water.

Here’s a video that shows you just how easy this process is for anyone to do. In the beginning of the video I accidentally called the joist a stud, too little sleep can do that to you.

 

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We had a particularly stubborn floor and I had to use several screws in a 3 foot by 5 foot section of our bedroom.

Here’s a photo of all the screws in the carpet and the screw heads after I broke them off.

 

Easily Fix Squeaky Floors-Screw spacing on a particularly squeaky section of floor

 

 

Easily Fix Squeaky Floors-Screw heads

If you still hear a slight squeak simply add more screws to the problem area and you’ll be good to go. You can space the screws every 8 inches along a joist. I ultimately had to add screws every 4 inches on a particularly squeaky area.

 

So, the  steps to fixing a squeaky carpeted floor are

  1. Find the squeak
  2. Locate the joists in the squeaky area
  3. Screw down the subfloor to the joist
  4. Break off the screw head
  5. Pat yourself on the back cause you ROCK!

Who knew it would be this simple. I certainly didn’t.

This is one weekend project that will make you look like a home improvement hero.

 

Win a Squeeeeek No More Floor Repair Kit and Impress Your Friends

Patrick O’Berry is the genius behind the Squeeeeek No More floor repair kit.

He was super cool and provided two extra kits to giveaway for FREE.

In order to qualify to win all you have to do is leave a comment on this post by the end of next Wednesday  (11:59 p.m. on 04/17/13) explaining what frustrates you most about your squeaking floors and why using Squeeeeek No More would benefit your family.

Easy as pie.

As usual, one entry per person and I’ll choose the winners :)

Winners will be announced on Facebook and Home Repair Tutor.

Make it a great day and may the Force be with you.

Jeff Patterson

 

 

 

 

P.S. Congrats to Suzanne and Susan, the winners of the Squeeeeek No More kits. Hopefully it helps you as much as it helped us :)

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30 comments… add one

  • Valorie Fitzpatrick April 11, 2013, 9:43 AM

    Jeff it’s like you can see my long “To Do” list! We live in a older house and the upper level of the the house is so squeaky! Ever see that episode of SNL with the leather shop? They all make a squeaking noise whenever they move? That is how it feels like, walking around the upper level of our house! One good thing is that we can hear when one of the kids are up in the night!
    On this product
    Does it impact future carpet removal and installation (another item of the to do list)?
    Does it impact if one were to rip up the carpet on the stairs to just have wood there?
    Is it possible to have the screw snap off too high up, therefore sticking out of the carpet? I could see that happening to me and what a nightmare to try and remove it!
    Thanks again for introducing me to a great product!

    • Jeff Patterson April 11, 2013, 9:56 AM

      Haha, the leather shop :)

      Hearing when the kids are up is one perk of squeaky floors but that’s about it.

      If you use Squeeeeek No More it will not impact carpet removal on steps or in your rooms because the screw is set below the subfloor. And carpet padding sits on top of subfloor.

      As long as you tighten the screw as much as possible with the depth tool it won’t protrude up from the carpet. This was a big fear of mine but I put in close to 25 screws without this happening once.

      It’s really a fantastic product and my wife now has a long list of rooms that need the squeaks fixed!!!!

  • Susan Darabond April 11, 2013, 2:10 PM

    My father, who could fix everything, must be smiling down from heaven. Five gold stars for you, Jeff, for this post! I have been cursing the squeeking flooring that identifies my every move, but thought I’d just have to suffer with it or hire someone at great cost to come in and fix the problem areas. Although I’m in my mid-60’s, I am confident that with your tutorial I can accomplish the job myself if I win a kit. Thank you for taking the fear out of home improvement, even for seniors. Your blog has been a blessing!

    • Jeff Patterson April 11, 2013, 2:19 PM

      Thanks Susan, sounds like your dad was a great man.

      You’ll certainly be able to do this repair and if you have any questions while doing it please don’t hesitate to email me :)

  • Linda S. in NE April 11, 2013, 6:10 PM

    Hi Jeff, thanks for another informative article. Please do not include me in the running for one of your give-a-ways of this kit. (There are many people who need it worse than myself.) I just wanted to echo Sara Darabond’s comment about you being so helpful and caring about your readers. As another 60 something woman, you have kind of become the “Son” who knows all, and will tackle anything for his dear old “Mom”. Thanks again for your kindness.

    • Jeff Patterson April 11, 2013, 6:20 PM

      Linda, you’re kind words made my day.

      The best part about Home Repair Tutor is helping anyone who needs it. I love learning new things from other people, too!!

      Hopefully I don’t come across as knowing it all because that’s definitely not the case. There’s so much to discover and so little time it seems.

      Always feel free to ask me a question as that’s what keeps me inspired to post more stuff ;)

  • Suzanne April 11, 2013, 7:23 PM

    My upstairs hallway is the worst, sad thing is this house is not that old. My former house was 120 years old but had less squeaks than this 12 year old. The old house was solid oak with square nails, it did have many other issues though(I fixed all my bedroom doors with the hinge pin trick). Alas, I would be thrilled to win one of these kits.

    PS- found you thru Brittany’s blog, and now I read it regularly. Thanks

    • Jeff Patterson April 11, 2013, 8:28 PM

      Suzanne, isn’t it crazy how sometimes the older homes are rock solid. When you think about the craftsmanship behind plaster walls and how there weren’t power tools 100 years ago it’s amazing.

      Glad to hear your doors are all fixed. It’s so much better to bend a pin versus adjusting hinges or re-hanging doors :)

  • John @ AZ DIY Guy April 12, 2013, 12:01 AM

    Great post on an ingenious little product. I enjoyed it and read the whole thing, even though I’m on a cement slab. I don’t suppose those doohickies work on loose ceramic tile?

    • Jeff Patterson April 12, 2013, 1:22 PM

      Thanks John. I wish Squeeeeek No More did work on ceramic tiles but they don’t.

      You’ll have to go the old fashion route and remove the tile then add new mortar. Still, at least there’s an option for fixing squeaks easily :)

  • Elwood M. Porter, II April 13, 2013, 6:33 PM

    Our patience has been tried for 8 years in our home, with squeaks in the bathroom and master bedroom. I endured the aggravation because I thought we’d need to place screws into the flooring when replacing the carpet. Seeing your video online, my squeaky floor problem has a solution-your kit!! I wish I’d known years ago about your repair kit, so I could have resolved this floor problem long ago. I’d be greatly pleased to win a kit!!

    • Jeff Patterson April 13, 2013, 7:52 PM

      Thanks Elwood for watching the video. I’m glad it was helpful.

      Creaking floors are just annoying. So it’s nice to know there’s a good solution. Hope you’re having a great day :)

  • Tasha April 13, 2013, 11:26 PM

    Hi Jeff,
    I found your website through Pinterest, and had never heard of this product before today. It sounds amazing! Our house was built in the late ’80s, and already has several spots on our second floor where our floor squeaks badly. While I would, of course, love to win a set, if I don’t I will still stop by Home Depot to buy this product. It sounds like the perfect solution (and so much easier than pulling back all of the carpet on the 2nd floor to secure the subfloor to the joists!). Thanks for the giveaway! And thanks for the great articles that I’ve read now that I’ve found your site!

    • Jeff Patterson April 14, 2013, 9:19 AM

      Tasha, thanks so much for your kind words.

      You can totally do this project yourself and when you do please feel free to ask me any questions along the way.
      It’s so nice to hear from you and I’d be more than happy to help in any way.

      For us the $20 spent on the kit was well worth it. No more squeaking while getting read early in the morning or while playing Just Dance on the Wii-LOL.

  • val April 14, 2013, 9:06 AM

    So excited that this can be used on linoleum and hardwood as well as carpet. My kitchen has a shriek (as opposed to a squeak) so loud people remark on it! I hope I win!

    • Jeff Patterson April 14, 2013, 9:20 AM

      Val, I’ve hear those shrieks before, too.

      They are rather loud and alarming. But at the very least you now have a good solution :)

  • Nancy P. April 14, 2013, 11:52 AM

    Thank you for this informative article. You would think my house was musically inclined due to all the notes the floors make. I also thought we’d have to wait until replacing the carpet to fix the noisy floor boards but now I know better. I think this will be our next fix-it project. I suspect the builder “forgot” to buy screws and bought nails to install all the floor boards!

    • Jeff Patterson April 14, 2013, 11:56 AM

      Nancy, you could be right. There’s a good chance nails were used.

      Don’t worry, our house is a talented musician as well.

      Thanks for reading the post, I hope it helped you out :)

  • Susan K April 14, 2013, 12:01 PM

    Our home was built 6 years ago during a rainy winter and the squeaks started in the first year. They have only grown more numerous and annoying. Now we are planning to sell in the next year and the Squeeeeak No More Kit sounds like a great solution to solving the problem before we need to show our home for sale.

    • Jeff Patterson April 14, 2013, 12:40 PM

      Susan, sounds like you have a busy year ahead of you with your house going up for sale.

      I’m sure you’ll have a good transition. Hope Squeeeeek No More helps you with your showings :)

  • Renae April 16, 2013, 10:03 PM

    So glad I found this post. The most annoying thing about our squeak (okay, one of them) is that it’s right at the opening of my husband’s closet. Getting ready in the morning it’s impossible to NOT make any noise. The second most annoying thing about our squeak is that the carpet guy just told us we’d have to take that entire side of the room back AND clear out all of the furniture in order to try to do this without hurting the carpet. I will let him know about this product if it works for us, maybe he can be a retailer for others in our situation! :)

    • Jeff Patterson April 16, 2013, 10:13 PM

      Renae, I feel your husband’s pain with regard to waking up everyone while getting ready.

      At $20 this is a great solution to squeaky floors and could save some real money. If I can use this product your carpet guy can, too.

      Admittedly he might be able to easily pull up the carpet and screw down the subfloor pretty quickly. So I don’t fault him for going that route.

      Hope you had a great day :)

  • Linda S April 17, 2013, 7:41 PM

    This looks and sounds like a repair that I can do myself! Yeah! I’m a widow and have finally prepared myself mentally to sell this big house and move into something smaller that I can maintain more easily. I have my list of needed repairs before I can put the house on the market, but fixing the squeaky floors was not on the list. I thought it couldn’t be done. Thank you for this tutorial.

    • Jeff Patterson April 19, 2013, 5:43 AM

      Linda, congratulations on your move. I hope it goes smoothly and without a hitch :)

  • Anthony June 2, 2014, 8:16 AM

    Jeff, this looks like a great find that could really help us out. Within the next year or so we are hoping to rip up the carpet and put down hardwood. I was hoping to have he flooring people screw down the entire second floor subfloor. If I’m planning to go that route do I lose anything by trying this first in particular problem areas? The noise is constantly annoying and popping up in new places, but I’m not sure if having someone else screw down the whole floor is a better solution than me ramming screws in wherever I want.

    Thanks!

    • Jeff Patterson June 8, 2014, 8:26 PM

      If you’re going to remove the carpet and don’t mind waiting Anthony I’d tear up the carpet and pound ring shank nails into the subfloor.

      I can guarantee that you’ll do a better job than the contractors, they’re primary concern is getting the old carpet out and new carpet in. Who can blame them, laying carpet is hard hard work.

      So if I were you I’d tear out the old carpet and put ring shank nails through the subfloor and into the joists. Walk on the subfloor and listen for squeaking. Anywhere you hear a squeak add 1 to 2 ring shank nails. You’ll see the old nails in the subfloor. Just add the new nails 2 inches from those.

      Hope this makes sense. Let me know if you’ve got questions.

      • Anthony June 12, 2014, 9:25 PM

        Thanks Jeff, this makes perfect sense. While searching for ring shank nails I came across a product known as Paslode Tetragrip Fasteners. Are you familiar with these? They seem relatively new. Marketing hype or a real problem solver?

        thanks!

        • Jeff Patterson June 17, 2014, 4:00 PM

          I’ve never used them Anthony but maybe someone else can comment on their utility.

          Ring shank nails are pretty affordable and work really good.

          I like them because anyone can use a hammer. You can also use a penny nail to remove squeaky floors that have carpeting but I haven’t done a tutorial on this yet.

          From what I read it looks like the Tetragrip fasteners are similar to 6d penny nails.

  • Joann Speaks July 20, 2014, 12:58 PM

    Does this Squeeeeek No More Floor Repair Kit work on Burbur Carpet?
    Every floor in my home squeaks and it drives me crazy.
    Looking forward to you quick response.
    Thank you,
    Joann

    • Jeff Patterson July 22, 2014, 6:36 AM

      Hi Joann, I actually used it on our berber carpet with no issues. I can see where you’d be concerned. The berber unravels very easily. I think the Squeeeeek No More site actually shows it being used on this kind of carpet.

      I’d say to try it on a portion of carpet that no one will see, just for practice. Hope this helps.

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