How to silence squeaky floor boards
A loose floor board can be both a household hazard and an annoyance. Depending on your floor access, it’s a relatively quick fix to repair floorboards as long as there are no major structural problems.
- Identify the squeaky floorboard by walking gently across the area
- Work out if you can access the floorboard from below the floor, or if you will need to do an above ground repair
- Get down to work either applying a Selleys adhesive from above, or using a drill and filling any holes with Selleys putty.
- If you have access from below, this is a relatively quick job. Simply identify the squeaking board, then get a friend to put pressure on the floorboard so you can identify where raised boards are flexing against the floor joists.
- Mark where the boards are raised from the floor joists with chalk.
- Spread Selleys Liquid Nails Waterproof on a thin wooden wedge and tap it between the floor joist and the floorboards with a hammer. Choose a wedge that’s thin enough so it just fills the gap but doesn’t raise the floorboards.
- If you are repairing from above, start by moving any furniture and carpets, then follow the instructions in step 1 to identify the squeaky board.
- Using a stud finder, locate where the floorboards cross the floor joists.
- Drill a pilot hole for a screw through the floorboard and into the joist. Enlarge the hole at the top with a bit that’s as large as the diameter of the screw head, so you can sink the head of the screw just below the surface of the floorboard. Drill a similar hole into floor joists wherever you find a raised board that squeaks.
- Screw flat head screws into the holes while someone stands on the floorboards, making sure the screws hold the floorboards down tightly. Make sure your screws are long enough to go an inch into the joist below.
- Fill the holes above the heads of the screws with wood filler. Choose a putty from the Selleys putty range that matches the colour of the floor. Wipe off any excess product before it dries.