Fix Squeaks Through Carpet
If you have carpeted stairs and a squeaky step that's driving you crazy, you can still fix it without removing the carpet. Check the internet or home centers for special kits that tighten treads without damaging the finished floor. The kit shown here is designed to send a snap-off screw right through the carpet without damaging the fibers. Find the squeak by bouncing up and down on each step, then drive the specially scored screw through the middle of the depth control jig, down through the carpeted tread, and into the stringer or riser nearest the squeak. The jig stops the screw head right below the tread's surface. Use the screw gripper located on one side of the jig to rock the screw back and forth until the excess length snaps off.