QOur bed squeaks when there is any movement on it. It's a relatively new bed, not an antique. Can you help us silence the noise? -- C. Bestafka

ABed squeaks, in modern beds with box springs and innerspring mattresses, can generally be traced to joints that are loose or need lubrication.

Remove the mattress and box spring and see if you can wiggle the bed by manipulating the headboard or footboard. Identify any joints that appear to be moving or making noise.

A likely source of noise on beds with hanger construction is the hanger joints, where the metal side rails that support the mattress join the headboard and footboard. Lift out the hangers one at a time and lubricate with paste wax or by spraying the mating parts with a lubricant such as WD-40. Also use the spray lubricant on any other joints that appear to be moving or making noise when the bed is wiggled.

If the bed frame has any bolts holding parts together, check each bolt and tighten the nuts securely. Nuts that work loose can be held in place by using Loctite or a similar product, sold at most home centers and hardware stores. Rivet heads can also be a source of noise; apply a small amount of spray lubricant so it can penetrate under each rivet head.

If the bed sits on casters, these are another potential source of noise. When lubricating casters with a spray, place some cardboard or a thick pad of newspapers under each caster to protect the carpet or floor from dripping lubricant. A few hours after lubricating the casters, wipe them clean and dry with a cloth and remove the protective cardboard.

Beds made primarily of wood are just as likely to squeak as those made of metal. If you find a loose wood joint that appears to be squeaking, try to work a little paste wax into it.

Questions and comments should be sent to Gene Austin, 1730 Blue Bell Pike, Blue Bell, Pa. 19422. Send e-mail to doit861@aol.com. Questions cannot be answered personally.