How to Make the Wood Deck Not Creak

Among the myriad problems you can and will have around the house, a creaky wood deck is among the most annoying yet simple to repair. A creaky deck is not a safety issue but it can exponentially decrease your enjoyment. High-pitched squeaks are cause by boards rubbing joists beneath them. Fortunately, stopping the noise is a quick and easy fix that will leave you wondering what took you so long to do it.

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Stop the noise to enjoy your deck more.

Step 1

Walk along the deck to identify the trouble spots. Listen for squeaks and feel for movement.

Step 2

Drive several screws into the decking and joists where you hear the squeaks. Test for squeaks by jumping on the spot.

Step 3

Add additional screws along the offending joist if the squeaking continues.


Robert C. Young

Robert C. Young began writing professionally in 1989 as a copywriter for an advertising specialty company. From 2000 to 2007 he operated a real-estate development and construction company. His work has been published online at SFGate and various other websites. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in economics from Georgia State University.