How to Fix Floor Squeaks

How to Fix Floor Squeaks

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Fixing Squeaks Through Carpeting

Fixing Floor Squeaks From the Underside

Fixing Floor Squeaks From the Underside

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Fixing Squeaks Under Hardwood Floors

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Fixing Stair Squeaks

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Prepping Your Walls for a Paint Job

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Readying Your Room For Painting

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3 Problem Door Solutions

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Toilet Tweaks That Save Money

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Basic Toilet Repair

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Fast Nail Pop Fixes

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DIY Squeaky Floor Fix

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Simple Splatter Fixes

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Tricks To Tape Trim

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Caulking Gaps For Smooth Seams

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Keeping Home And Self Paint Free

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Neat Painting Prep

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Taping Trim For Clean Lines

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Prepping Woodwork For Paint

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Picture Perfect Walls For Painting

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Readying The Walls and Floors

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Perfect Painting Prep

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Painting Over Existing Wall Coverings

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Varnished Trim Painting Tricks

 Textured Ceiling Painting Tips

Textured Ceiling Painting Tips

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Painting Clean Corners On Textured Walls

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Tackling Tough Painting

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Priming Bare Wood For Easy Painting

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Simplify Color Change With Primer

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Priming Glossy or Non-Porous Surfaces

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Priming Fresh Drywall and Wall Repairs

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Using Primer To Undo Stains

Paint Perfectly With Primer

Paint Perfectly With Primer

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Painting an Exterior Steel Door

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Painting a Raised Panel Interior Door

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Painting a Flush Interior Door

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Prepping a Door to Paint

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Top Door Painting Tricks

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Painting Walls Using a Roller

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Painting Walls - Edging with a Brush

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Painting Walls - Masking Tape

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Painting Walls - Prep Tips

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Painting Walls - Equipment

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Painting Walls - Beyond the Basics

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3 Quick Fixes for a Door That Won’t Stay Closed

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Cut a Door The Goof-Proof Way

Remove a Heavy Door Without Breaking Your Back

Remove a Heavy Door Without Breaking Your Back

Fix a Sticky Door the Easy Way

Fix a Sticky Door the Easy Way

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Five-Minute Door Fixes

Fixing Stair Squeaks

Fixing Stair Squeaks

Fixing Squeaks Under Hardwood Floors

Fixing Squeaks Under Hardwood Floors

Fixing Floor Squeaks From the Underside

Fixing Floor Squeaks From the Underside

Fixing Squeaks Through Carpeting

Fixing Squeaks Through Carpeting

How to Fix Floor Squeaks

How to Fix Floor Squeaks

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Toilet Repair - Replacing the Flush Lever and Flapper

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Toilet Repair - Replacing the Supply Line and Shutoff Valve

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Toilet Repair

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Fixing Large Holes in Walls

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Fixing Wall Cracks

Fixing Medium Sized Holes in Walls

Fixing Medium Sized Holes in Walls

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Fixing Small Holes and Nail Pops

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Tools and Gear for Wall Repairs

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How to Get Your Walls Smooth

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Roofing System Basics

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Attic Ventilation Tips

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How To Choose Roof Shingles

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Choosing Roof Shingle Style & Color

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How To Choose A Roofing Contractor

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Power Tool Maintenance

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How To Clean Your Gutters

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Choosing A Deck Stain

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How to Fix Floor Squeaks

Few things are as maddening as floor squeaks. In this video series, Travis Larson, Editor at The Family Handyman magazine, shows you what causes floor squeaks and how to fix them. He’ll show you a simple way a DIYer can fix squeaks in carpeted floors, wood floors, and stairs. All you need is a few simple tools.

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[Music Playing]Travis Larson: Hi! I'm Travis Larson and I'm an editor for Family Handyman Magazine.

Today we're going to talk about floor squeaks. First we're going to tell you what causes floor squeaks, it's a lot easier to fix them if you understand what creates them in the first place and we're going to tell you how to get started in fixing them. We're going to deal with fixing our carpeted floor when you don't have access to the underside like a finished basement ceiling for example. Then we're going to talk about fixing a floor squeak underneath the basement when you do have access, when the floor joist are all open and you can get up to the sub floor and fix those squeaks from underneath.

Then we're going to talk about fixing a hardwood floor that's kind of tricky, because hardwood floors can't be fixed from above and frankly it's pretty difficult to fix them from underneath as well, but we'll deal with that then finally we're going to deal with squeaky stairs, I know they drive you crazy. We're going to show you how to fix it.

You're not going to need much to fix floor squeak frankly the only power tool that you're going to need is a screw gun, hammer, nails, screws, some construction adhesive and a cocking tube, shams and that's about it and you will be able to fix most of the squeaks in your floor.

In order to fix floor squeaks it's a lot better if you understand what causes them in the first place, it's almost always a nail shank rubbing on plywood. Let's go to our model and we'll see. This is a 2x10 floor joist, half-inch sub-floor and five-eights inch particle barred underlayment and underneath the carpeting, but a lot of homes are built differently than this they might have 3 quarter inch plywood, they might not have any sub-floor, they might have a hardwood floor, but this is what causes the problem wherever this nail happens to be.

The plywood or this or the underlayment is rubbing on the shank of the nail every time you put pressure on it when you walk across that floor. 95% of the time that's what causing your floor squeaks.

Before we begin let me tell you little bit about myself, I've been involved in construction for the last 30 years, first as carpenter and contractor for the last 12 years as an editor here Family Handyman. Family Handyman has been around for 60 years and it's the oldest and largest DIY publication on the planet. So let's get started showing you how to fix your squeaky floors.