Creaky floors

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What have you all done to fix this. I am owner occupant 2nd floor and the creaky floors are bothering me from walking. I haven't seen anything without drilling from under neath but that would put a bunch of holes in the 1st floor ceiling. Anyone have a remedy for some original hardwood? Thanks!

Are they hardwood floors or is it carpet over hardwood/subfloor?

They are hardwood.
No carpet

I don't recall the product name but what you do is mark off where your joists are. Then you use special screws the increase in number of pitches so it pull the top finish board tight to the joist and subfloor. There is a tripod type accessory that you screw through so you only go down so far. About a quarter inch of the top of the screw will be left out of the floor. The shank of the screw is scored so it is just under the surface of the floor. Then youbreak off the top part of the screw at the scored portion and you just have a small hole in which you fill with wood filler and creeks and squeaks are gone :)

another option may be to use finish screws. ( they are thinner than standard ) and you can use a color match crayon that matches your floor color to hide the hole. Make sure you predrill the spot ou are going to fasten and use a drill bit slightly smaller than the screw threads. Finding the joist underneath may be tricky because the hardwood is usually attached to the subfloor ,but if you can find them its all the better.

The product is called "Squeak No More," and is available at Lowe's, Home Depot and several on-line retailers.

You can also try using wood shims. Obviously find out where the floor creeks and tap a couple shims in. Has worked well for me.

Nobody has yet mentioned that the sub-floor can be the cause of the squeaking.

I cannot reach the subfloor on the second floor without pulling up the hardwood.

if you screw into the hardwood through the subfloor and then into the joist it will tighten it all up.

Someone else mentioned the product is called "squeak no more". Mine is sitting on my workbench at the back of the garage so I will take a look in an hour when I get home from work....

@Steve Babiak I second that. very good chance its the subfloor. Big challenge with the hardwood.

If it is the hardwood you don't need to buy anything fancy, you can just use talcum powder. I know it sounds goofy but it works. Just make sure you have a good filter in your vacuum when you clean it up after you work it in.

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