Q: I live in a very nice 30 year old townhouse. My problem is squeaky floors. I plan to have new carpets installed in the near future. Is there anything I can do before laying the new carpet to prevent the squeaking.
A: Yes there certainly is and now that you are installing new carpet it is the perfect time to get rid of the squeaks. Using 2 inch wood screws tighten the plywood underlay to the floor joists before installing the new underlay and carpet. Note: do not use drywall screws. You must use wood screws placing them 12 inches apart.