Eliminating those squeaking and creaking noises your home makes is not as difficult as you may think. All you need is a drill and a few screws. You might also want an assistant for the job.
Listen from the basement or crawl space as your friend walks the floors. Insert a shim between the floor joist and the floorboard when you locate a squeaky spot. Careful how deep you insert the shim, or you risk raising the floor! To help the shim stay in place, use a little wood glue and drill a small wood screw in at an angle.
If you can’t get under the floor, you will need to secure screws from the top. Consider using a squeak-no-more kit to make your job easier. Kits usually include a pilot screw, breakaway screws and a bit. If you don’t have a kit, you can purchase breakaway screws at your local hardware store.
Now you’ll need to find the joist using a pilot screw. (If you have some money to spare, purchase a stud finder.) Drill a hole to help guide the screw. Install the breakaway screw. If you are drilling over carpet, wrap tape around the threads to prevent carpet fibers from tangling. Drill to the proper depth, then rock the screw until it breaks under the carpet.
If you are drilling into a hardwood floor, use wood putty to conceal your work. Alternatively, a counter-snap kit is available, containing breakaway screws that all but disappear into the floor.
If you are the type of homeowner who would rather save money on contractor fees and do it yourself, then buy the right tools for the job the first time. They will help make you look like a professional and give you bragging rights with your friends. Who knows, they may come in handy for the next project.