how to fix repair squeaky squeaking creaking floors/floorboards
how to fix repair squeaky squeaking creaking floors/floorboards

in this video we’re going to take care of
these squeaking floorboards as you can see you
can actually tell by the camera movement that the floorboards are rather loose in
this earlier which is causing them to creak so the first thing we need to do
is actually lift the carpet up and then we can take a look when we can fix the
problem I have actually seen a video of a screw which is approximately six
inches long which somebody has actually driven straight through the carpets and
into the joist so they went along found that where it was creaking and put the
screw directly through the carpet through the wood and into the joist you
can’t actually do that in the UK if you do that in the UK you are asking for
trouble beneath this carpet are pipes and cables you get that in most UK
properties and as you can see in this example we’ve actually got the top of
the stairs there was a mark across the top where where the safety gate is and
then as we come round it actually leads off into two more bedrooms and then
there’s a two more bedrooms behind me so it is quite a difficult carpet to lift
so what we need to do is look for a corner and we need to find out where we
can lift up the carpets up from so this is the top step what I’m going to do is
I’m going to get all of the carpets there you can actually see that it is a
little bit loose and I can just get the finger behind out you definitely kerf
when you do this because you’re the carpet gripper it behind there which is
very sharp now we’ve got that out we can pull that back and I do have to warn you
now to keep your fingers away from the carpet gripper because it is
very sharp and it will piece your skin once we’ve got the carpet up we can then lift up the underlay you often find that this is stapled down but in this
instance it’s actually been removed in the past probably to do some plumbing or
some electrical work now that we’ve got the carpet up you can see what an
actual mess this is we have a chipboard floor which has been cut in places it is
screwed down in several places but this board
that’s doing the majority of the creaking doesn’t actually seem to be
screwed down anywhere or anywhere where I can see the screws what you’ll find in
a lot of cases is that people have nailed down the boards and that is the wrong
thing to do because it will always work loose also people screw them down and
they use the incorrect screws they can work loose over time and then they
cause creaking again one thing you should never do is go around and put
screws in randomly because you do not know what is under the floor there could
actually be pipes are cables very close to the surface if you put a screw in
there there’s a chance that it could pierce the pipe or go into an electrical
cable so you’d have to be very careful screw the boards down we’re going to use
these floor tite flooring screws these are specifically developed for this job
and they do have a twin thread and the single thread in the same screw that
means that they are incredibly difficult to pull out so once these are in they
should hold the boards down with no problems at all if your existing floor
boards are squeaking and you’ve already got screws in it is a good idea to
remove some of them and put some of these in because these will prevent the
floorboards from squeaking. take that out obviously you can see that that is not suitable
for holding down a floor board and then will simply replace that with the
correct type of screw you can do this with nails as well if you remove the
nail obviously there’s nothing that the screw or nail can hit so you can do a
direct replacement what you should never do is try to go at the side of it
because there’s a possibility that there’s a cable
or a pipe running underneath so I’m going to screw that back down and obviously when
you choose these screws you don’t want really long ones because it could be
cables running through the joists etc so I’m just going to screw that in there and that will guarantee that the floor
does not squeak in some properties you will have traditional pine
tongue-and-groove floorboards it’s quite common to find these nailed down and
that can cause them to creak a simple way to fix that problem is to remove the
nails and replace them with some decent screws so if you take a look at this
long board you can see that there’s virtually no screws that’s all in it in
fact I can only find one screw right at the top end so I’m gonna remove that
screw we’re going to see if we can lift this board up and we’ll take a look
underneath so I’m now going to try and lever this board up from this end to get
this board up and take a look underneath it and then we’ll see why it’s not
actually screwed down so you can see there why the floor has been lifted in
the first place it was obviously to put the pipes in perhaps the cables so the
good news is that we’ve got plenty of places where we can put some good
quality screws in there and that will stop the boards from creaking when you
get to this part of the floor you can see that somebody’s wrote more and put two
lines on and that is actually indicating where those pipes are so I want to go to
the other end and I’m gonna draw two lines on there and when we put the board
back we know exactly where the pipes are and then on this piece of chip board I’m actually going to put a mark showing were the joist are and then we
actually know where we can put the screws when we come to replace the
floor before I put the large board back I’m actually going to put a few screws
into this piece and that adjoining piece there the problem is a that is very close
to the end of the joist there for that reason I’m going to drill a
pilot hole and we’re going to drill it on a angle so that it goes into that
joist but also pre-drill this one as a precaution so to drill this I’m going to
start off with the drill straight up and once I’ve started drilling the hole I want
to turn it like I so and then I’ll drive into that joist on an angle can then simply take a screw
and I can drive that straight in there on an angle and we’re guaranteed not to
break the chipboard and obviously you do need to ensure that screws are flush
with the surface and again and sure that it’s flush with the surface so can now
replace this large board simply going to slide that into position so it’s now safe
to stand on the board we can now take a straight edge and we can draw a line in down there and then anyone in future will know
there are pipes beneath there so I’m just going to put a dot where the joist
is in three places and then I’m going to change them to crosses then we know exactly where to put the screws now we have done that we need to do is take the
floor tite screws and drive those in exactly where the crosses are there are
some people that said that you can put talcum powder between the joints that
might work temporarily but eventually it is going to stop working so this is by
far the best permanent solution so now that we’ve done that you can guarantee that
the floor will not squeak again now what we have to do is put the flooring back
so I’m going to start off with the under lay and you just need to ensure that it
goes back in the exact right position it doesn’t want to be over the carpet gripper like that it needs to be in between the carpet grippers if you want to
you can actually staple that back down although it’s a bit pointless because
it’s not really going to go anywhere once you’ve done that you can then put
the carpet back when you do this need to ensure that you don’t get any creases or
bubbles in the carpet so we can do that by starting a central point like that
and then we can ensure that it is down and you can just kick that across with
your feet when you come to a threshold if you push the carpet like so
and then get something that’s blunt a lot of people like to use a bolster
chisel for this but you can use anything that’s got a wide flat edge on it you
can simply push the carpet back underneath once you’ve done that you can then stand
on it and that should then be gripped back in position so we’ll then need to
ensure that the carpet is pushed back exactly as it was then we just need to
ensure that the top step is put back as it was
so ensuring that it’s on the grippers at the sides there and I’m gonna take
something that’s not gonna damage the carpet and I’m gonna push that in
you do have to be aware that the carpet grippers are very sharp and when you’re
doing this don’t want to be pressing where the carpet gripper is because it will damage
your fingers again once you push that in if you just stand on it that should
ensure that it never comes out again then all we need to do is go around the perimeter just
ensuring that it is on the carpet grippers so now the floorboards are
back you can see that it is absolutely no squeak there whatsoever that is as
quiet as anything I hope you’ve enjoyed watching this video if you have
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60 thoughts on “how to fix repair squeaky squeaking creaking floors/floorboards”

  1. Andy Hastings says:

    Great video 👍

  2. Abu Isa says:

    Nice 1 pal

  3. David Young says:

    Great video. Congrats on making 700 videos dude.

  4. Benggo Gibb says:

    Excellent film.

  5. UK Tony says:

    Really, really useful video. I am amazed at what is below the floor with a spaghetti of cabling and pipes. Your warnings are spot on (here speaks the man that put a chisel through a concealed pipe !).

  6. peter friel says:

    How are you liking you new Dewalt impact driver ,hope santa brings me one for Christmas !!

  7. readyset says:

    Happy 700th video mate!

  8. howard dove says:

    Thanks for all the work you’ve put in. I believe they are the most watched videos that I subscribe to. I’ve also ordered a number of products that you’ve recommended.
    Wishing you and your family the best wishes for Xmas and hope you receive even more subscribers in 2018. Congrats on number 700 too!

  9. Thomas Lavery says:

    Would this work with squeaky staircase too

  10. Iain Mc says:

    Why would leave the rubbish under the floor boards ..i hate it when tradesman are lazy these days leaving there off cuts under the floor boards …. #6.22 ..

  11. mrcreativequarter says:

    Nice video as always using the screws I would use as well, nicely presented

  12. Mike S says:

    Happy 700th upload, thank you for posting.

  13. Jordan Langley says:

    Your channel is very helpful and useful, new subscriber!

  14. Liam2349 says:

    I love watching your videos Chez. Really interesting stuff.

    Thanks for all the videos, and thanks for showing these type of on-site situations and the complications you come across.

    I think I've learnt a lot from your channel.

  15. ULTRA Faff says:

    Brilliant video – thanks again!

  16. Buckle1969 says:

    Great, helpful video as always. Thank you. Now I know where I've been going wrong – using normal screws. Never knew about these. Better get me a job load. Thanks again. Keep up the good work..!

  17. Truth Seeker says:

    Thanks for the floor tite screws recommend. Off to get them to fix creaky stairs then to secure oak cleading onto them! Cheers.

  18. lydz121 says:

    Are squeaky floors always caused by loose floorboards?

  19. Andy Turner says:

    Great video! I'm intrigued by the pipes, several of them given the thickness presumably are hot water or heating pipes. What is the UK recommendation for pipe insulation? If you've got the boards up is it worth adding foam jackets? In my own house I've always been a little surprised how long it takes hot water to get from the cylinder to the bathroom for example, and am quite sure there is no insulation anywhere along the run.

  20. Maggie Renshaw says:

    I wish my husband was as handy.

  21. Mila Trollen says:

    Thanks for the great video. I’ve tried to do what you have shown in the video but I have a problem my floor is connected through to my bathroom which has a wall the blocks part of the floor off so I can’t screw anything down in that specific place and lift up my floor and check if there is any piping or cables. I have bought the screws that you have shown in the video and replaced them with my old ones.
    Would you be able to make another video or help me out with some advice on what to do
    Many thanks

  22. Karlee Hren says:

    Thanks for this video!! It’s clear and straightforward!

  23. Link Weddings says:

    Great video, very informative. I went and bought the screws you suggested to fix my squeaking floorboards. I bought Floor Tite screws but once I got home I realised these are longer than the screws you show in your video. They are 55mm long. Is that too long? Don’t want to risk damaging something.

    Thank you in advance.

  24. Russell Hartley says:

    This has been really helpful and helps us laypeople understand the basics of floorboard installation, or words to that effect. Thanks.

  25. Ethannet says:

    Hi mate,

    What would your advise be for a floating floor? (Concrete > Kingspan Insulation > Chipboard Floaring)


  26. Barnacle McGoo says:

    Had a carpenter fix squeaky floor boards in the main bedroom. He drilled through a heating pipe but had a plumber on standby, water was turned off and a new length of pipe fitted. No damage done, these things happen, but you have to be fast.

  27. Zoe Smith says:

    Really good video. Keep the good work up. Thanks for uploading it.

  28. Eduardo Conde says:

    Great Stuff! Any recommendations on how to remove old stuck nails? Our house is now about 15 year old and is developing heavy squeaky floorboards! I lifted the carpets and could see the floorboard sliding on the nails as you step near them. Thanks in advance =).

  29. rgvbaz says:

    Great vid – just what I was looking for. Thanks 🙂

  30. Eicles says:

    I find that I watch each one of your videos as they come out just because they’re interesting, then I come to do a particular job and remember that you did a video on it so I’ll go back and watch it again before doing the job.

  31. Sam Underwood says:

    After watching this i think I'm going to take on the creaking hallway floors and kids room. Fingers cross. Great video by the way.

  32. CrazySparkie63 says:

    Do your kids piss on the floor Lol

  33. Andrew Hunt says:

    Have you done a video on flat roof

  34. simong306 says:

    Excellent video. Really helped me sort out my squeaky floors so I don't wake up the baby anymore!

  35. Mick Ginn says:


  36. Struan Vlogs says:

    Why can't you put a screw through the floor in the UK? I live in the UK

  37. tragedienne1 says:


  38. Robert Hatcher says:

    Nice job!

  39. project34 says:

    Did the floor creak again at 8:55 after he had fixed it ?

  40. gloooopo says:

    There's a days work at my house for u buddy. The kids are driving me insane upstairs with the bloody creaking!

  41. Black Tea One Sugar says:

    I've got some very creaky wooden stairs. I've killed them with screws and the buggers still creak like mad! 🤔

  42. stuart walton says:

    Great video, really helpful, thanks Handyman

  43. Robin Hughes-Jones says:

    Thanks for the tips, UH. Have liked and subscribed!

  44. project34 says:

    How thick was the chipboard? Was thinking of replacing my awful chipboard floor with 18mm ply – what do you think ?

  45. daverstator says:

    Brilliant video, thank you!

  46. Danny Gurney says:

    Can you come and do my floor?

  47. Jenny Choi says:

    Good vid thanks…the owners should've gotten new carpet down at the same time pretty filthy!

  48. Darren Taylor says:

    this was a great informative video. just what i was looking for to help me sort out the flooring on the landing. can you do one on how to fix squeeking stairs from above though. i have no access to underneath the stairs? i heard expanding glue and drill holes does the job but im not convinced.

  49. Si says:

    what was wrong with the screw that was taken out?

  50. James Pain says:

    Very good video. Thanks for uploading!

  51. FearlessEgg says:

    Don't forget to wipe your feet on the way out, haha.

  52. Paul Morrey says:


  53. Stephanie Cameron says:

    Really helpful, thank you!

  54. CCBigStew says:

    Another great tutorial.
    I always like to counter sink the holes before screwing into chip board, to save buggering up the screw heads.

  55. anon amous says:

    Warning about chipboard, glue board or whatever you want to call it. The glue will off gas over the years; making it very springy, with some shrinkage as well. Also, it doesn't handle moisture very well. I been to new construction sites where someone's spilled their coffee and after a few days there's a hole. For me, it's always plywood or tongue and groove plank; and if its new construction, I will use an adhesive as well.

  56. Eduardo Tarusov says:

    This is why I hate old houses. You buy one hoping you just need to re-paint walls, next thing you know you are $50,000 into it.

  57. James Casey says:

    A guy who said he could fix my creaking floor, assured that pipes and cables would have 'clearance' managed to hit not only the live electric mains cable but also the gas pipe in my flat. A miracle he didn't get blown up putting a metal screw into a metal gas pipe, or at least have his drill explode in his face with for going straight through the insulated mains cable. Paid another guy who replaced all the mdf board in the flat, it was relatively good only a couple small creaks for a few months, then started creaking again, then a year later is worse than it was to begin with. My advice is: if the concrete or boards that the flooring beams are laid on isn't very well level, or if the beams of wood are warped or bowed slightly then it doesnt matter what glue or type of screws you use I had the right mdf, the right type of screws and the right type of glue and my place creaks like fuck. Ive kind of given up now because short of re-concreting and doing the whole thing all over again, I cant see any working solutions Ive done everything suggested in these kind of videos. Wish I lived in a place with concrete floors, put a thick underlay and thick carpet it on it no problems at all not to mention far better soundproofing. Wooden floors are shit.

  58. Kevin Baird says:

    Somebody has been keeping cows on that carpet, the stains on the underlay is horrible, manky bastards.

  59. xsiiwo __ says:

    I cringed when he slid his hands on the dirty carpet. ew. wear gloves bro. you don't know how many bacterias contain in that carpet

  60. carole777 says:

    I have the same problem. Landing is real bad. In 2016 I had old floorboards replaced with this chipboard panels as joiner said it would stop squeaking. 3 years on my landing is worse than ever. Had another joiner out last week and he says it's not possible to repair, the joist are metal and boards will not nail into metal. He says I have to put up with it. Every time grandkids get up in night the sound is horrendous and wakes me up. I'm in Yorkshire, any ideas what I can do next, or anyone tradesman that can repair it. The video was excellent just wish I had wooden joist.

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