Fix Squeaking Floors From Above,
Right Through Carpeting
If a joist is not easily accessible (such as on a second floor), you can still eliminate a squeak, from
above the floor, without removing carpeting! It's a simple, 2-step process, and all you'll need is
this kit plus a power screwdriver. It's a product named Squeeeeek No More
Using the alignment/depth-control
fixture [Figure 1], power-drive one
of the specially scored screws
through the carpeting, floor and
subfloor, into the joist. (Driver stops
at exact depth every time.) Use the
fixture to break off the screw on the
score [Figure 2]. Screws are
engineered to break off just below
the floor surface.
Several screws in a spiral pattern
insure an end to the squeak.
Afterward, just fluff up the
carpeting and no one will be the
wiser. In hardwood floors, minimal
filler necessary. Kit includes die-cast
zinc fixture; custom 1/4" hex-drive
power bit; 50 scored screws (3-long), that break off to 2" long.
These kits cost $30. McFeely's carries a version for hardwood floors (without carpet) which is
much cheaper -- $7.50.
Some home centers carry the kits or, you can get them mail order from the following: