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Counter-Snap®

For hardwood floor repair

Counter-SnapFeatures include:

  • Easy DIY installation with no special tools required.
  • Works on both first floor or second floor repairs.
  • Kits are now available for “at” the joist and “between” the joist repair.
  • Affordably priced with kits starting as low as $9.95 (with 25 snap off screws included.)
  • Recommended for hardwood floors and some softer, more cushiony vinyl floors.

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It’s simple, it’s effective and it’s almost invisible!

As you already know, squeaky floors can be maddening and it’s probably one of the most common and most annoying home owner complaints you’ll hear about. But one thing is certain...with Counter Snap even the most severe floor squeak can be cured in as little as 60 seconds by anyone who can use a power drill. All it takes is to locate the squeak, insert the patented “snap off” screw into the fixture, drill it down and let it snap off.

Things to know before you buy...

There are now two Counter Snap screw systems. System A which works at the joist and System B which works between the joists. System A is also a perfect fastener for building decks without having to see screw heads on the surface of the decking.

Counter Snap Screw Length

While both systems "A" and "B" use the same screw technology, each has its own depth control fixture and very unique screws. As you can see by the above views, the CS-A uses a longer screw with two different thread pitches and a deeper drill fixture. The CS-B kit (which actually uses the same screw as the Squeak-No-More) is somewhat shorter than the CS-A screw and requires a shallower fixture. The CS-B kit was designed for single layer flooring such as linoleum covered floors and hardwood flooring that may need re-attachment between the joists.

From the outside, both Counter Snap fixtures look identical, so care should be taken not to mix up the fixtures and screws. Using the wrong screw with the wrong fixture may cause the screws to snap off prematurely or, not at all.

Unique design:

Counter Snap was designed for anyone needing the holding power of a #8 screw but cannot live with the repair hole any larger than a finishing nail. The following graphic shows how the Counter Snap 1/8" hole compares to a #6 and #8 screw hole sizes.

Counter Snap Screw Holes

With the Counter Snap system you actually achieve the maximum results with the smallest possible disruption to the repaired surface. The Counter Snap fixture automatically snaps the screw 1/4" inch below the floor surface so concealing the tiny hole requires only the smallest amount of matching filler. Minwax sells small putty sticks in various colors which are perfect for concealing the repaired area.

Check out the videos below and see for yourself just how easy and fast it is to make your squeaky floors disappear.

Helpful tips:

Here are some tips to help familiarize yourself with the difference between using an ordinary screw vs. the Counter Snap screw.

  1. You must remember that the counter snap screws are made to automatically snap-off when the speeding screw contacts the bottom of the depth fixture. To achieve this, you need to use the appropriate fixture, set the drill to the highest torque setting and use the fastest drill speed available. If you drill too slow or stop before hitting the bottom, it may cause the screw not to snap off and just spin freely in the floor.
  2. When installing the screws, make sure the floor is compressed at the point of insertion. If you need to kneel down (away from the fixture while drilling) have someone stand straddling the fixture with their feet to assist you in the floor compression process.
  3. While pre-drilling is not always required, if you need to pre-drill, do not use a bit larger than 7/64" (2.7mm) as this may cause the screw to spin in place thus stripping out the hole. Before pre-drilling, we recommend trying to lubricate the screws with a little bar soap to aid in insertion. If you want to have a drill bit on hand when you make your repair, you can always purchase a 7/64" bit with your order.
  4. If you're a first time user, you might want to make a test repair in an inconspicuous area like under a piece of furniture or in a closet.

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