Add more straps and replace nails
Drywall screws to the rescue
Replace pipe strap nails with 1-1/4-in. coarse-thread drywall screws.Photo: Courtesy of The Family Handyman
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.
Required Tools for this Project
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
- Cat's paw
- Cordless drill
Required Materials for this Project
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