Curing Squeaking Floorboards
I'll start by
explaining how squeaking floorboards starts.
Quite often, over a period of time, the flexing of
the floor or expansion and contraction of the timber
may loosen floorboard nails.
It is the resulting movement of the wood against the
nails or against the neighbouring boards that
produces the typical irritating squeak.
The simplest cure is to drive the floorboard nails
in deeper with a nail punch, which allows the
tapered edges of the nails to grip the wood more
We have found that
sometimes, however, this may not be a lasting
If the problem
persists, use either a larger or ring-shank nails.
You can buy all of the items I talk about from
general DIY stores - I'm sure that you will have a
local store to you. Alternatively companies like
Screw Fix or B&Q or other DIY stores should be able
Using larger nails or ring shank nails will give a
better grip as they are designed for situations like
creaking floor boards, however they need to have
clearance holes drilled through the boards. I would
recommend you use a normal electric or hand-drill to
The clearance holes must be slightly larger than the
diameter of the nail to ensure that they grip the
bottom of the board securely.
After you have put the nails in make sure that you
fill any redundant holes with a matching wood filler
- the closer the colour match the better. You can
almost completely disguise the nail heads this way.
If the boards can't be re nailed satisfactorily (for
example, because of twisting or bowing), use
countersunk stainless-steel woodscrews.
Remember that you need to bury the heads of the
screws deep enough to cover them with filler or with
matching wooden plugs. I also recommend that you
dampen the wood thoroughly before fixing - this
makes the wood 'give' and allows the screw heads to
essentially be countersunk as the boards are screwed
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