With a houseful of company last weekend, one might have thought our St. Paul home had been overrun with mice. We and our guests made trips to the bathroom at all times of the day and night bringing with each trip the proverbial floor squeaks for which old homes are notorious. (New homes have them, too. I know from experience!) There's one stubborn place just one step outside the bathroom and another at the top of the stairs that is impossible to miss without making a huge leap sideways. As owners, we've become accustomed to the squeaks and tune them out, but the house guests were very aware of "disturbing" us as they walked about!
Stubborn floor squeaks are caused by wood flooring (even the sub-floor under tile or linoleum) rubbing against the floor joists or subfloor beneath them. Footsteps press the floor down and release of the pressure allows the floor to pop back up. Squeak, squeak, squeak, squeak . . .
Some home buyers actually will not buy a house because of squeaky floors. Squeaky floors rank with trains passing by and planes flying overhead as being one of life's annoyances!
There is an easy handyperson fix for these annoying floors or stair treads. Squeeeeek No More screws can be screwed into wood flooring and the underlying wood to eliminate that pesky movement. Once screwed in, the heads of the screws are snapped off leaving a hole which can be filled with a wax wood filler crayon on wood floors. The screws can also be used right through carpet leaving nothing visible once the screw head is snapped off. If the squeaks are under ceramic tile or linoleum, this solution might not be a good idea unless there's access to the floor from below.