1. Rattling Pipes
If they’re not secured properly, exposed water pipes can clang against floor joists.
To quiet them, wrap the pipes in foam insulation or rubber tubing cut from an old garden hose, then secure them to the joists every 4 feet with nail-on metal pipe straps.
2. Gurgling Radiator
This problem typically arises when the heater isn’t pitched correctly.
If you have a one-pipe radiator, place shims under the legs to move steam toward the pipe. If you have a two-pipe system, place the shims so that steam moves toward the steam trap.
3. Creaky Doors
Don’t just spritz it with WD-40.
Remove the hinge pin and coat it and the tip of the pin slot with a thick lubricant, such as petroleum jelly or marine grease. Then replace the pin, sliding it up and down to work the lubricant along the length of the hinge.
4. Squeaky Stairs
Treads often work loose from their stringers.
To tighten them down, drill two starter holes into the tread and stringer at opposite 45-degree angles. Drive 8d or 10d finish nails into each hole to secure the tread to the stringer. Cover the holes with wood putty.
5. Beast in the Basement
Cold metal furnace ducts rattle and whistle when hot air rushes through.
Cushion the ducts against wood framing with rubber pads. Also, check that there’s nothing blocking the air register at the return, causing pressure problems.
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