Fixing a squeak on my stairs

How can I fix a squeak on the stairs? They're wood stairs circa 1930s, so I assume something is loose. But there's nothing obvious. What should I be looking for?

Asked by Everson on 16th Mar 2023
Expert Trade Answers
"Hi, This i have done so many times. Each case is different.
On the bases of fixing squeaky stairs, what needs to be done is remove all carpets & underlay first throughout, (set then aside, to be replaced when completed), then add wood glue to each and every stair treads and risers. Screw all treads to risers on flight of stairs including Winders if you have them, as well as the underside of stairs.
Also, re-plug and screw stair Stringer to wall for added security and strength and check if new wedges are needed, if so glue and replace.
Where there may be squeaking in one or two areas of treads, its best to add price to complete total stair overhaul..... From that completion, there should not be any come backs from any clients."
Answered on 18th Mar 2023 - Member since Oct 2019 - report
"Probably need replacing step, or take up where squeak is, add a noggin/ dwang.. where going up and down stairs .."
Answered on 16th Mar 2023 - Member since Jan 2023 - report
"Looking the age of the stairs I would expect something like this. I would suggest temporarily removing any carpet/underlay and check all fixings are still secure. Maybe put a dwang underneath the tread and glue and screw back down. Also it might be worthwhile, if removing all the carpet, having all fixings checked and secured so that you can be confident you won't be troubled again anytime soon."
Answered on 24th Apr 2023 - Member since Apr 2023 - report
"Hi, just take up where squeak is and add a support with screws"
Answered on 16th Mar 2023 - Member since Nov 2022 - report
"Just screws all boards good with new screws and check what lose and screws everything and squeak will be gone"
Answered on 16th Mar 2023 - Member since Mar 2020 - report
"The squeak on a stair case of that age is expected, removing the carpet and glueing the joints with grip fill should fix the problem"
Answered on 5th Apr 2023 - Member since Apr 2023 - report
"If you can you to put a piece of wood under the steps and screw the steps to the piece of wood"
Answered on 16th Mar 2023 - Member since Feb 2023 - report
"If you can get access from under then I would suggest going underneath, and adding a dwang with some glue and screws. Maybe get someone to stand on the tread and step on and off, as you watch from beneath so that you can see what’s actually happening. If access from underneath isn’t an option, then You could put some expanding polyurethane glue between the tread and the riser, where the two meet… this would more than likely fix the squeak in your staircase, however, it would involve lifting up the floor covering on your staircase temporarily.
Cheers, Steven"
Answered on 16th Mar 2023 - Member since Jun 2022 - report
"i was at site carpentry at Reading and Newbury college and Mark wright aid if it was a older house squeaky stairs to check the blocks in each stair rail and toe boards and gently hit them with a mallet or hammer as these in the older buildings can push out of place."
Answered on 16th Apr 2023 - Member since Jan 2023 - report
"Could just be the boards are too tight to the wall, some extra fixings and glue can help or trimming down floor boards"
Answered on 6th Apr 2023 - Member since Mar 2023 - report
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