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Do you need skirt boards on the stairs?

My stairs are flush with the drywall right now. Will this cause me issues down the road?
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Where should I install skirt boards on my oak stairs?

I have had oak awaiting installation on my existing stairway for well over a year and will soon get to putting it in. The "experts" gave me (supposedly) all the necessary materials BUT I only have 1 ...
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Stair tread damage - repairable/replaceable? (photo)

The staircase had carpet, we want to remove the carpet and paint the stairs in their "wooden" state. On removing the carpet we have treads like this: We do not have access from "behind" the ...
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Oak stair landing joints splitting

We had stairs installed in August, but the landing oak seems to be splitting at its glued joint and looks unsightly. The fabricators have been out, tried to reinforce from below and filled the joints. ...
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Bullnose vs square edge stair treads

I've been looking around Pinterest, and I've seen quite a few stair renovations using common boards with a square edge rather than bull nose stair treads. Is there a difference between the two beside ...
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Building stairs: do I just put finished treads and risers on top of stringers? or do I use a layer of OSB first?

I'm going to rebuild a 6-step stairway in my house. Doing stringers calculations right now - but I'm not 100% sure if I supposed to use a layer of OSB on top of stringers prior to finished treads? ...
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Stairs codes for length between last step and door opening?

Hi I want to add a door to the bottom end of my stairs but I want to check the building codes first so that I will not be caught in a house inspection if I am going to sell my house. I could find ...
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Safe to remove entry stairwall?

We have a split entry that is minuscule with stairs heading either up or down and a tiny landing. I would like to remove the wall separating the up from the downstairs (it may be the only wall that ...
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Can I use a non-standard design for a stairwell ceiling cutout in an old house?

I am designing the framing for a stairwell in an 1870's cottage, which is presenting a few extra constraints. What seems to be the standard approach throws up a couple of additional issues, and I'm ...
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What's the best material to use to fill in a 1/2" gap between drywall and stairs?

The previous owner of our home had a shoddy job down on some stairs leading to a rec room carved out of some of the attic space. There are four stairs leading up to the room, and under each one is a ...
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Remove support under interior stairs

I'm looking to build a reading nook under some stairs but there currently seems to be a support structure of some kind that I would like to remove. I've tried finding if this setup is part of code or ...
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What is the proper way to prevent water infiltration between exterior stairs and wall

My house has a full flight of poured concrete stairs (covered with decorative stone) that runs parallel to (and butts up against) an exterior wall. The interior wall had water stains at the ...
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Framing a door ON stairs, 3 steps to landing?

I have to build a door frame on a staircase. Problem is, at the bottom of the staircase are already 3 doors on all the walls, so putting another door right at the bottom of the stairs (on the ...
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What is this landing/wrap-around feature on porch steps called.

What is this style or feature called? If it has a name...!
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How can I place treads on these stairs around a corner?

I have built the start of these stairs. It's a difficult concept for me to build stairs around a corner so I cut part of the deck so it wasn't an abrupt 90 degrees going into the stairs (which ...
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Concrete Steps Moving Away From House

I recently noticed that the steps on my front door appear to be moving away from my house. The gap is large enough that some small critters appear to be getting in the gap to setup a nice home for ...
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What sort of store does one go to to buy stair parts?

What sort of store does one go to to buy stair parts? I want to buy treads, risers, newels, balusters, but Home Depot and Lowe's don't have much of a selection. Are there better types of stores that ...
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How do I reinstall a closed 6-step premade staircase?

These stairs lead from a finished floor at the top to a concrete floor at the bottom which continues into the basement. (This is a split-level house so it's only a half flight from one level to the ...
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What can I do with vinyl tile where the floor edge is open, like at a descending staircase?

I'm thinking of installing vinyl tile in one floor of my house, but I have two places where the floor does not meet a wall, for example, where a staircase begins to descend. What sort of elegant ...
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How to finish wood stair treads?

I ordered the wood for my staircase and now I need to decide on which product to use. Some people recomened polyurethane or some water base resin, but I don't like that (I think it might crack and/or ...
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Can I make my bulkhead stairs steeper and still be up to code?

The bottom few steps of my bulkhead stairs go beyond the wall of the basement. The problem is I would like to put a door in my basement at the bottom of the stairs. To do this I would either have to ...
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Help with pine stairs

Moved into a house with a pine staircase, it appears that the previous owners were in the middle of finishing/refinishing the steps (some stairs appear to have a clear coat and others appear to be ...
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How can I get floor paint to stick better on our outside stairs?

We have stairs leading down to our flat which are outside and we have painted them a few times, but the paint doesn't seem to stick very well, and always starts peeling off. It mainly peels in the ...
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How to cover old stair risers?

I recently had my 100-year old hardwood floors and stair treads refinished. No local contractors would do the risers due to the adhesives from the carpet that was removed. The risers are uneven due to ...
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How should I replace a 1.5 inch tread with 1 inch tread?

I plan on replacing the 2x10 treads on my basement stairs with 1 inch thick hardwood. This will make a one half inch gap at the top of the stairs where it meets the first floor landing. This seems ...
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Preventing Clogging/Flooding at bottom of exterior basement steps

I just purchased a house this weekend, and moved in yesterday. I live in MD (USA), and there just happened to be a torrential downpour yesterday after we moved in. I went downstairs to check my sump ...
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What finish should I use for concrete on stairs?

I want to remove the carpets on the stairs in my duplex. it is a concrete staircase. I think I would need to repair it and then I want to coat it and leave it bare. what would be a good coat to use? ...
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prevent splitting w/ nailgun in small pieces of wood

I'm using a framing nail gun to re-build some stairs. This is my first time using a nail gun so I'm inexperienced. There are some small pieces of wood that are used in a corner to support the last ...
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Can I temporarily remove the bottom stairs on a staircase to help move furniture?

I just moved into a new place and really want to move my awesomely large (and somewhat expensive) sofa into the basement. The problem is that the stairs end in narrow hallway running perpendicular to ...
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what is the height regulation for an exterior balustrade/handrail in france?

What is the regulation height of an exterior balustrade or handrail in France? We are installing a staircase and the height is being questioned.
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How can I fix gaps at the bottom of concrete stairs?

How can I fix or skirt my concrete outdoor stairs? They are bolted on to the side of my house, and are left hanging with gaps all around at the the bottom. They are very sturdy and I don't really want ...
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Concrete porches pulling away from home and cracking

I have an 1940'sish home with old concrete porches (x3) they are cracking, chipping, and pulling away from the home. Would I be able to repair them? If not could I build a deck over them (wooden)? I ...
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Rebuilding porch stairs - what size for treads?

I need to replace the stair treads and landings on two sets of porch steps outside my house. The originals are about 25yrs old and rotten. They appear to have used the same type of stair tread that ...
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trying to install stair runner with the right tools

I'm trying to install a stair runner for 5 steps on a hardwood floor. I also want to put a carpet pad underneath to act as a buffer against creaky steps. I tried using a manual staple gun with 1/2 ...
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How do I remove countersunk baluster screws?

How do I remove countersunk screws where the head is not accessible? I'd like to find an easier way to do this than breaking drill bit after drill bit, trying to drill a large enough hole to pull the ...
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How can I join two mitred handrails?

I have an old staircase with winders, so if I want 32 inches between handrail and nose of stairs, I'm going to have to cut some angles. If the overall run of the handrails is going to be about 180 ...
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Making an existing concrete step taller

I have a step down out the back door of my house and the first step down is way too far, about nine and a half inches. ...
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Sistering stingers to convert stairs from closed to open stinger

I have a set of existing closed stringer stairs with a full wall on the left and half wall on the right. I am looking to remove the full wall and modify both sides of the stairs to an open style. I ...
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How to even out the colour on wooden stair treads

I am currently renovating my staircase, and I want the treads of the stairs to be stained wood while the remaining of the staircase will be painted white. I have stripped the old paint of the treads ...
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What can I do about this deteriorating staircase?

The side entrance stairs to my home are deteriorating. They appear to be several different patches, coats and possibly capped concrete. I have a temporary fix lined up to make it safe for travel. My ...
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Is fixing these stairs as simple as just replacing the stairs and supports?

It looks to me like it's just a support piece nailed into the wall with a 2x4 running across as a step. They go down to our unfinished basement and a few of them are starting to fail. Anything I ...
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What product should we use to finish stair treads?

We are preparing to paint or stain interior basement stairs in a rental house. What product would be best for finishing the treads? We need to consider durability, non-slick surface and fast ...
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How can I protect white risers (and oak treads) when using a hand truck on stairs?

After replacing the old carpeted stairs in our condo with oak treads and painted white risers, I now need to move a few large / heavy pieces of furniture from the first floor to the second, or vice ...
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When is it ok to sand against the grain?

Everything I've read says that you should always sand with the grain of the wood. What if it's impossible to sand with the grain? For example, I'm installing a brand new stair post - the kind with the ...
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What are the code regulations for stairs off an exterior french door?

Do the stairs off my french doors need to be the width of both doors or can they be just the width of the most used side? How big does the landing have to be at the top and bottom? Can I just ...
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Can I install wood stair treads over old Linoleum

Installing maple tread and riser kits into my bi-level home. The stairs currently have linoleum on them. The lino peals up easy leaving a the paper glue layer on the stairs. Can I install the solid ...
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Is the proposed solution to this masonry project okay?

We will going to build long interior, round(little bit) shaped staircase (similar to this) from concrete, and I needed to get instructions with physics that it will possible to make it without any ...
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Should I include an expansion joint between steps and a foundation?

I am building this retaining wall that ends with steps. The steps will be on one side against the foundation of the house. My question is should I use expansion joints between the step units (SRW ...
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Will removing subtreads and risers that are attached with construction adhesive and nails damage the stringer?

I am extending the width of my stairs, and need to remove the existing sub treads and risers. They appear to be glued (construction adhesive I'm guessing because it is brown) and nailed. Is this ...
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Is it possible to install backer-board on a curved surface?

We are replacing the carpet around our Heart Shaped tub with tile. For better waterproofing we are using cement board on the top surface. The tub is sunk in the concrete floor with a 7" step up to ...