Usually the hot water pipes do most of the “talking” because they expand and contract as the water temperature changes inside them. That movement eventually loosens the nails at some pipe straps. The pipes then rub against the floor joists, making that annoying creaking sound. The best way to solve the problem permanently is to add more pipe straps (they’re cheap, so add one per joist) and replace all the existing nails with screws.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
- Cat's paw
- Cordless drill
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
- 1-1/4-in. drywall screws
- Pipe strap