How To Fix Squeaky Floorboards


Nothing's more annoying than the persistent squeak of a badly fitting floorboard - find out from George Clarke how to cure the problem.

Screwdriver and drill bit
60mm screws
Wide-bladed cold chisel
Club hammer


Less than £5


30 minutes



Find The Problem

Step One: Find The Problem

Often, boards may swell and distort with extremes of heat or moisture. Then, if the sides of adjacent boards touch and the edges to rub together when you walk over them, the result can be a squeak. Start by removing any floor coverings and test the boards with your foot to pinpoint the problem. Then brush chalk or talcum powder liberally between the boards to reduce the friction.

Screw The Board To A Joist

Step Two: Screw The Board To A Joist

If the noise persists, the boards may be rubbing against the joists. The best thing to do is tighten the loose board/s by fixing to the joist with 60mm screws. At the ends of boards, drill pilot holes to stop the screws splitting the wood.

Screw The Board To A Batten

Step Three: Screw The Board To A Batten

If a board end isn't supported by a joist, take up the board by prising it up with a cold chisel and club hammer. Screw a 25 x 50mm batten to the side of the joist to support the board end. Lay the board back on top of the batten and fix with screws.

Fix A Squeaky Stair Step

Step Four: Fix A Squeaky Stair Step

Assuming you can get underneath a staircase, it's not complicated to fix a squeaking stair tread. This can by done by tapping a wooden wedge directly under the stair tread, tightening the tread against the stringer - in other words, the side of the staircase.

Illustrations: Ed Roberts


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