Fixing Squeaky Stairs

How do I fix squeaky steps?

By Gael from St. Louis, MO

October 14, 20090 found this helpful

Go to "How to Quiet Squeaky Stairs" on Good info there, good luck.

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October 15, 20090 found this helpful

This will work on squeaky stairs as well as floors.

For floors covered by wall-to-wall carpeting, a kit called Squeeeeek No More ($19.95 at allows screws to be used without removing the carpet. The kit, sold by O'Berry Enterprises, a tool company in Ringwood, Ill., includes 50 thin screws, a drill bit and a screw with special threading to detect when contact is made with a joist (other joists can then be located because they are spaced 16 inches apart).

The screws are drilled through the carpet, into the floor and down into the joist. Their heads are designed to be broken off with a tool that comes with the kit, leaving the threaded section of the screw in place below the floor surface. Because the screws are thin, the repair is usually invisible (or the carpet fibers can be fluffed to hide them).

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October 18, 20090 found this helpful

Try sprinkling baby powder into the crevices. That sometimes works.

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October 18, 20090 found this helpful

I also heard baby powder would do the trick.

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