Squeaky linoleum gets permanent fix

It's all about the subfloor

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Q: I eagerly read your column about fixing squeaky floors by renailing from the top. But my problem is under the linoleum in the kitchen. Do you have any suggestions on how I can fix a small (roughly 1-by-2-foot) section? When the linoleum was laid, it went wall to wall and then the floor cabinets were placed over it. My basement is unfinished, so I would have access to the joists and subfloor. Any ideas?

A: Do not despair. There’s a much better than even chance you can silence the squeak with little effort and at practically no cost.