How to fix a squeaky hardwood floor


Taming a squeaky hardwood floor is a lot simpler than you may think. Learn how in just few easy steps

The ideal way to tame a squeaky floor is to add wedges and support from underneath. Even then, subflooring may put the source of the squeak out of reach. The method shown here attacks from above, using the coarse zinc coating of galvanized nails to hold the flooring. Locate squeaky areas, using pressure from your heel to find the exact source. Mark near each spot with tape.


Step 1: Drill Angled Holes

Drill angled pilot holes for the nails. Choose a bit that makes it easy to nail but still grips the nail—a 3⁄32-in. bit should be about right. Drill pairs of holes at opposing angles to firmly hold the flooring down.

Step 2: Cross Nail

Use a hammer to pound an 8d galvanized finishing nail into each hole. Stop before there is any danger of the hammer head hitting the wood.

Step 3: Set The Nails

Pound the nail heads about 1⁄8 in. into the flooring using a nail set and hammer.

Step 4: Add Putty

Using a putty knife, fill the holes with tinted putty.

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To reduce the risk of personal injury and property damage, read and follow all related product manufacturers instruction manuals and information before performing any of the applications shown. Some construction-related applications shown may not be allowed in your local area. Consult your local authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) before starting work for information on permits, applicable codes, and other regulations. STANLEY disclaims any responsibility for any damage to property or injury to persons as a result of misuse of the information provided.