I have a squealy floor below my carpet on the 2nd floor of my house. It sounds like the subfloor under the carpet is moving up and down a little and makes this awful load squeak when I step down on this specific location. It can be reproduced at will.

  • Could you just nail on exposed hard wood? I have a lot of places in my house that could use this treatment, but I have no carpets.
    – Spencer K
    Commented Jan 19, 2011 at 22:22
  • hardwood would be a completely different solution. These screws in the accepted answer would not work for you. I would highly encourage you to ask this question though!
    – mohlsen
    Commented Jan 20, 2011 at 12:57

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Fixing a squeaky floor beneath a carpet is a fairly complicated process that's probably best illustrated with video. This Old House provides a wonderful tutorial.

The procedure demonstrated at that link does not require you to pull up any carpet and uses scored screws to hide your work. This seems to be the most hassle-free way to do what one might expect to be a huge job.

  • @Mike very cool ! I didn't do that when I had a squeaky floor. I probably should have though !!
    – user45
    Commented Jul 23, 2010 at 12:36
  • @Scott, yeah. I had a friend who did this. I was very impressed. It works best on thick carpets, as those hide the carpet punctures most effectively. Makes it invisible really. Commented Jul 23, 2010 at 12:38
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    @Mike would have saved me a ton of time and a few punctured fingertips from carpet tack strips :) live and learn! (and bleed/swear a bit)
    – user45
    Commented Jul 23, 2010 at 12:40
  • I have some squeaking in our new home on the second floor. I'll definitely be getting this product! Our warranty service has been addressing some of the squeaks, but they've been pulling the carpet up - overkill.
    – Sampson
    Commented Jul 23, 2010 at 16:50
  • told my father-in-law about this and he had them. Squeak no more kits are available on Amazon and many other retailers. These suckers worked great. No more squeaking!
    – mohlsen
    Commented Jul 23, 2010 at 18:09

If there's movement you'd do best to pull back the carpet and nail down the subfloor. Hopefully the squeak isn't in the middle of the room.

I had a squeaky floor at an old house, had to pull back a large chunk of carpet and drive a few nails through the floor to anchor it down.

Best of luck.

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    If you're going to go to all that work, use screws. Commented Jul 24, 2010 at 4:02

The squeak is due to flooring sliding up and down on nails that have loosened with time. Putting more nails is a temporary fix. Screws will hold tight and resolve the issue for a long time.

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