For some reason, the noisiness of squeaky stairs can bother most of us to the point of distraction. Squeaky stairs are often a common problem in older houses. Because, over time, the wood that makes up the risers, treads, and the stringers dry and shrink. And, the nails that hold the wood in place loosen up after a period of wear and tear.
But, no matter what the age of your house is, squeaky stairs can easily be a problem that you want to get rid of. You can easily fix all of the squeaky stairs in your house and regain some peace of mind in no time at all by following the instructions in this article!
The very first step in this project is to establish the exact locations of the squeaks. You will need to enlist the assistance of a second adult for this step. Have him or her walk slowly up and down the stairs while you listen for the stairs to squeak. Remember, since the stairs are made up of three basic pieces of wood – the risers, treads, and stringers – the problem has to lie with one of those pieces.
After you have located the areas that are squeaking, the next step is to pinpoint one certain area that you can work on first. Then, you will need to determine the cause of the noise so you will know how to fix it.
Squeaking at the rear of the step between the tread and the riser might be caused by the tread and the riser rubbing together. If the steps are bare and are not covered with carpet, et cetera, you can sprinkle some baby powder in between the space where the two wood pieces come together. The powder will actually eliminate the friction that is being caused by the rubbing of the pieces.
If only the rear of the tread squeaks, and not the riser then the problem might be just the tread being loose. In this case, use an electric drill to make a small hole in the rear of the tread clear through to the riser. Then, insert a wood screw into the hole and tighten it down with a screwdriver. Make sure the screw is a little wider than the hole, and long enough to fasten both wood pieces together securely.
If only the riser squeaks, and not the tread then the riser is probably causing the squeaks. Use an electric drill to bore a small hole into the tread, and down through the riser. Then, insert a wood screw into the hole and tighten it down with a screw driver. Make sure the screw is a little wider than the hole, and long enough to fasten both wood pieces together securely.
To stop the front of the tread from squeaking you can take one of two approaches. The first approach is to use an electric drill to make a small hole in the tread, and down into the riser. Then, insert a wood screw into the tread and secure it down to the riser with a screwdriver.
Or, you can use two small pieces of wood to fix the noise. Secure each piece – either with a wood screw or by using wood glue- at each corner of the underside of the tread. If your stairs are carpeted, you can use a tack hammer and small-headed finishing nails instead.