How to Repair a Squeaky Floor

Silence the squeak with a little construction adhesive

Fill the gap and stop the squeak! You can do this fix in minutes, as long as you can get at the floor framing.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Apply the adhesive and stop the squeak

Squeaky floors are one of those irritants that homeowners endure for a long time before undertaking the repair. There’s a whole hardware doodad industry devoted to solving this problem. Each set of floor conditions favors a particular remedy. Here’s one fix: When the floor framing in your house is accessible and there’s a slight gap between the top of the floor joists and the subfloor, try using polyurethane construction adhesive (about $4 per tube) to silence the squeak (Photo 1).

Inject the constructive adhesive into the gap and work it deep with a plastic spoon so it flows toward the nail shanks that are causing the squeaks (Photo 2).

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