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Can you get to the underside of the steps?

If so, then you can add angle supports where the riser (vertical) and tread (horizontal) meet. Attach the angles at the ends of the stairs, and then to the risers and treads. This carries the load to the sides and keeps the steps together where you step, eliminating the squeak.

A simpler way is to replace any nails with screws from the under side of the stair. This method will mean you will be tighting screws every couple of years as the squeaks return.

Adding an additional stringer in the middle of the stair or beside the existing stringers is also an option to help ease the load on the treads.

If you cannot get to the underside of the stair, I don't know that you can correct the squeaks.

Answered 9 years ago by Kenny Johnson


When somebody steps on the stair tread it causes the tread to deflect downward in the middle and then it returns to it's normal position when you step off the tread. When the tread deflects, it rubs up and down on the riser board. I've found that most stair squeaks are caused by the tread rubbing on the riser board as it deflects up and down with foot traffic.
I've also found that most stairways are built with riser boards that are a bit too short and don't come all the way down to the bottom of the stair tread.
They usually end at about the mid point of the stair tread. That makes the repair a bit trickier.
The fix is to drive nails through the riser board into the stair tread. Since the riser board is probably too short, you'll be nailing along the edge of a 1x board and hoping that you don't split it.
Blunt the point of the nails or pre-drill the holes (throught he 1x ONLY) if that's the only way to keep the riser board from splitting.
You could also use a big fat bead of construction adhesive along the length of where the treads meet the risers. You could also add metal angle brackets to help tie the risers to the treads, or you could use all three methods (nails, adhesive, and brackets)

Answered 9 years ago by JGHamm

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