Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 67
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Dan works but requires several screws
Product mostly works.. Most of my squeak spots required 5 or 6 screws however 1 spot required only 1 screw. One particular squeak area still had some minor squeaks even after the 6 screws. I had one issue where the screw head broke off before it finished going all the way down and I had a heck of a time taking it out.
June 21, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 808 Saved me time and money....What a great product..Ingenenious !
I had very squeaky oak steps / staircase leading to the second floor of my house. Even though the house was built in 2008 , they must not have installed the treads properly or used wood glue to help secure the steps.
Anyway.. I used this squeak elimination kit and it made a tremendous difference. the 14 or so steps are now about 98 -100% % quiet.. Not sure any wood steps are 100 % squeak free. But considering the fact that I didnt want to take apart the whole staircase to then put glue and new screws or nails down.. This kit provided a low cost quick result.
I like the fact that the screw heads brake off to minimize appearance of the screw.. and that there are two thread patterns in the screw itself in order to pull the stair tread to the stringer together...makes this kit a tremendous solution.
Tip: After drilling the hole and before installing the screw. Rub the threads of the screw slightly on a bar of soap..this will help you drive the screw in easily-er and help prevent the head from breaking off prematurely ..especially if working with hard woods.
February 10, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JRon With patience, it worked
With patience and care, it really works, but at first, I was discouraged. They didn't snap off as expected. This turned out to be because I was missing the joists, and I also think my hardwood is thin. I used pliers to snap them off instead, and that worked. After making Swiss cheese out of the 1st area I tried, the floor still squeaked. I had been going by the existing nail locations to find the joists, but it turns out they had nothing to do with each other. My stud finder wasn't very reliable at finding all joists, but after finding a few and measuring to find the others, it worked. Suddenly, no more squeak! The subsequent locations went well.
March 1, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by no squeek stopper
easy to use. some reviews said the screws did not break off properly as designed, but I had no problems. The problem is that even with placing numerous screws for a given squeak, some still did not resolve. even in the best places, it required at least 6 screws to stop a squeak. I tried close together, spread out, multiple floor boards without improvement in some places. I assume the screws must find the floor joists for some squeaks, but that is just random luck with a hardwood floor.
December 22, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Burner Acceptable Results But Beware
1. Watch the instructional video first! 2. Use a good quality stud finder in combo with a measuring tape, especially if using on thick hardwood floor (stud finder alone will activate on nails; double check by measuring). 3. I managed to repair 6 squeaks using 1 to 2 screws per squeak. 4. BEWARE: Had difficulty extracting the screw top from floor within the guide, had to use pliers CAREFULLY to grip and extract without breaking plastic guide. Can't explain why, but the last 2 screws broke off while shear point was still slightly above floor, as if I had hit a nail below... but I pre-drilled length of screw, so can't explain it. Fortunately, managed to extract one with vise grips. Unfortunately, the second one was nearly flush with the floor and I had to get out the Dremel tool to cut the screw off below surface in order to fill hole.
I wouldn't risk using this as a DIY'er on pristine floors, unless you're willing to risk serious blemishes.
January 4, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by John Worked well on vinyl tile also.
This product according to you tube also works on vinyl floor, so I purchased it yesterday. First screws worked as promised. 5th, had a problem: it didn't break off and like an amateur, I kept spinning. What happened was it lifted a tile slightly like a small ant hill; so I backed it out, and drilled in another. The massive squeek in my kitchen floor has 99% disappeared! My recommendation: if it doesn't break off when it reaches the guide, STOP, back it out, and visually stop at correct depth, then snap off with pliers.
I used a nail hole filler to fill holes. Also, found drilling a pilot hole 1'8 inch into tile made for a clean hole to patch.
September 5, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by hellothere Works OK, but hard to use.
Some IMPORTANT things to keep in mind with this product:
1. The product label says that you can just drill these screws into the subfloor. They do not mention needing to find or drill into the floor joists. After wasting about 15 screws, I can tell you that drilling the screws into the floor joists is CRITICAL to making this product work. If you just drill the screws anywhere, it really won't fix anything. So, a lot of measuring is needed and someone needs to be in the crawlspace or in the basement checking to see if you are drilling into the floor joists. This will involve a lot of trial and error and a lot of communication with the person in the crawlspace/basement. My husband volunteered to go into the crawlspace and as a result got completely covered in sand and cobwebs.
2. Using the black tool guide is nice because it ensures that the screw will go in straight. However, you need to drive the screw into the tool as far as it can go and until you feel the screw spin freely in the drill. After this, it may be hard to remove the black tool guide because it will be kind of stuck to the floor. You have to patiently rock and wiggle it back and forth, then take some needle nosed pliers and pull the black tool guide straight up. Do not do what I did the first time which is wedge a screwdriver under the tool to get it to pop out. This will only damage your floor.
3. It took about 4 hours and two 1/8" drill bits to fix most of the squeaks in a 2 bedroom apartment. You have to take the time to walk all over the floor to first find and mark the squeaks, and then the process of finding the nearest floor joists ensues. Having a patient person who doesn't mind hanging out in a crawlspace helps!
This product did not eliminate all floor squeaks. But, it did eliminate some and minimize the rest of them. Good luck!
January 27, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Disappointed Squeak kit
If you don't hit a joist, it can be difficult to get the fastener to break off.
December 23, 2015