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How do I eliminate squeaks in my flooring?

  • First, try talcum powder or powdered graphite. Sprinkle either of them along the seams of the boards that are squeaking. Step on the boards a few times to let the talcum or graphite to work into the seams between the boards. Sweep up the excess. This is often enough to stop floorboards from rubbing against each other and squeaking.
  • If they’re still squeaking, use flooring nails to secure the floorboards to the sub-floor. Before nailing the boards down, drill holes that are slightly narrower than your nails so that your hammering doesn’t split the floorboards. Once you’ve nailed the boards to the sub-floor, sink the nail heads and cover them with wood filler. (You can also use screws for this project. They’re wider than nails, but hold better than nails over time. Just be sure to countersink them and cover them with wood filler, too.)
  • To stop squeaky floorboards under carpet, roll back the carpet and use one of the methods above. If you can’t get the carpet rolled back, you can nail through the carpet.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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