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To hate my creaky stairs

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justalittlelemondrizzle Tue 14-Nov-17 14:59:03

Ok I found ant way to turn this into an aibu wink so I can shamelessly post for traffic. wink

We're having a new carpet fitted in a week. My stairs are so creaky. Is there anything I can do to stop them creaking while there is no carpet there. Obviously without going to any much expense?

BreakfastAtSquiffanys Tue 14-Nov-17 15:32:30

For a week, I would just wear ear plugs!

BabsGangoush Tue 14-Nov-17 15:38:01

Hammer more nails in to secure it to the main body of the stairs.

justalittlelemondrizzle Tue 14-Nov-17 16:07:41

No breakfast. They always creak. I need ideas to stop the creaking for good while the carpet is up.

Ttbb Tue 14-Nov-17 16:13:35

If they are creaking the wood is moving for sone reason.

HoneyWheeler Tue 14-Nov-17 16:23:52

Get a carpenter in to secure them down - we lived with freaky stairs for years until we realized it was only going to cost about £60 to have silence!

justalittlelemondrizzle Tue 14-Nov-17 16:38:44

We don't even have £60 now we've paid for the carpets. Aswell as Christmas looming. So it's something we need to do ourselves or not at all. Any idea what the carpenter didhalo

HerdofAntilop Tue 14-Nov-17 16:45:12

We had creaky stairs then one day one of the treads dropped a couple of centimetres when I trod on it (that was a bit scary). We got a handyman in who reinforced the underside of the first eight steps with extra plywood and lots of nails. He had to take the carpet up as well so I think some of the nails went in from the top down.

If you're DIY minded you could definitely do it yourself. It's bliss now, the kids can't hear me coming up the stairs anymore so no one gets when up in the evenings.

HerdofAntilop Tue 14-Nov-17 16:46:24

Also, lots of advice on how to fix them if you Google 'how to fix creaky stairs'.

GoingRogue Tue 14-Nov-17 16:47:14

Shamelessly place-marking as my kids' bedroom floorboards are super creaky and we're hoping to replace the carpets soon-ish. Would love to be able to fix them.

AirandMungBeans Tue 14-Nov-17 17:34:33

Baby powder. Sprinkle it in the gaps, apparently it stops the creaking. My Bol is a builder and shared this tip with me.

AirandMungBeans Tue 14-Nov-17 17:34:48

Bil, not Bol!

justalittlelemondrizzle Tue 14-Nov-17 17:45:02

A few floorboards in my bedroom creak too Rogue sad

thenewaveragebear1983 Tue 14-Nov-17 17:52:53

We have a very creaky landing, it has reasonable carpet but it's very thin and I can feel the ridges of the boards underneath. We have been told that we can lift the existing carpet and replace the underlay with super thick stuff, and fix down some of the boards at the same time. Would this be possible op, before your carpet goes down?

OnTheRise Tue 14-Nov-17 18:23:39

The stairs are creaking because the wood is moving. If you screw the treads down more firmly they will stop creaking.

Can you get underneath the stairs? If so, have a look at how the stair case is constructed, and work out which bit of the stairs you can screw to the frame to sort it. If you can't you'll have to look at the way the treads (the bit you step on) rest on the risers (the vertical bits which face you as you go up) and see where you can put screws in.

It's not difficult once you work out what you're doing. Just make sure you sink the screws all the way in or they will wear through your carpet and reappear.

The same goes for floorboards elsewhere. Screw them down and they'll stop squeaking.

outabout Tue 14-Nov-17 18:32:36

On the stairs yes more screws and to make really sure use some PVA glue which you could squirt/brush into any gaps. If you can see the underside of the steps, get an assistant (heavy) to walk up and down the stairs and look for movement, then apply glue and screws.
Sometimes the riser (vertical) part cracks, in which case use thin plywood glued and nailed to reinforce it.

DeadGood Tue 14-Nov-17 18:51:45

Bang a few nails in!

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