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How can I build deck stairs flush with the end of the deck?

I have a deck design where I want stairs coming down perpendicular to the joist starting at the end of the joist. You can see the picture as a generic not to scale drawing of what I mean. I had ...
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How can I stain dark Sapele wood to reduce red tone?

I have installed stair treads in Sapele (dark wood with definite reddish tinge) but now realize this clashes badly with the coffee coloured bamboo floor and the oak doors of the hallway where the ...
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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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Where can I find parts for attic pulldown stairs?

I need two rollers replaced in my attic loft pull down staircase - the big ones on the picture. These drums have tension spring inside that helps to pull the stairs up and down. The mechanism is ...
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What are code regulations for stairs off exterior french doors

Do the stair off my frecnh doors need to be the width of both doors or can they be just the width of the most used side?
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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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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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How do I safely paint the walls and ceiling in this high ceiling staircase?

I need to paint the walls and ceiling in this staircase. The ceiling is flat, and does not slope down with the stairs. That means that the ceiling at the bottom of the stairs is very high. The walls ...
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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 ...
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At what height should a stair handrail be?

I am almost dne replacing the steps to my front porch. It is 5 steps so I definitly need a handrail, but I don't know exactly how high to make it. I have some posts that should be plenty tall but I ...
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Can a second floor exterior egress stairway go past a window on first floor on way down?

The insurance company says I need a second means of egress, so I'm trying to design one, but can not find the answer to this question.
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Fire escape stairs leads right up to my window, how can I increase security?

I recently moved into a 3rd floor apartment in a relatively upscale, low-crime neighborhood in Boston. The only problem is that there is a fire escape that leads right up to my window. As a result, I ...
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What is the order of installation for a stair railing?

I am rebuilding a set of steps, and have decided that I need to replace the handrail at the base of the steps. This is one of the exposed handrails, with ballisters and a newel at the end. This is a ...
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Changing straight staircase to a turned stair with half landing, is this the Only solution to stairs cutting loft in half?

This terraced house has stairs rising from hallway and cutting across the middle of the house between two sitting rooms. This is repeated from first floor to attic leaving a loft cut in half with very ...
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How to fix broken brick staircase?

Short form question: Replacing bricks of a brick stair-case (leading to house), what kind of concrete to use? Full story: The staircase leading to my house (from outside) had some broken bricks. The ...
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Broken step on staircase

We have a broken step on our carpeted staircase. How can I remove then refit the carpet without damaging it? When the carpet has been removed, I will have to repair the step if possible, then refit ...
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How do I silence a creaking wooden spiral staircase?

We have a spiral staircase with 14 closed wooden steps. Most steps creak when you put your weight on them (or take it off). The noise intensity depends on where exactly on the step you stand. How ...
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How thick should a plate steel stringer be?

We are goind to built a stair like this one: But instead of two "floating" stringers, since ours will be against a wall, I thought about using plate steel and making it more flush with the wall. ...
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rain cover for basement steps

I'm making a plywood rain cover for basement steps. The area is 5' wide by 8 'long. The height will be 8'. I want to make concrete footings for the support posts. What size and width of hole for ...
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Is there a standard height and depth for stairs?

Is there a standard (or a standard range for) the height and depth of each step in a flight of stairs? If your answer refers to your building code, please say where you live.
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Converting closed stairs to open stairs

I am removing the 1st floor wall section of my stairs. The stairs were constructed with stringers under the treads, but a closed skirt board was attached. I have removed the walls surrounding the ...
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What trim can I use on wooden stairs?

We recently added wooden flooring to our stairs. I'm looking for a trim to add between the stairs and the wall. Something that I can cut easily and glue and then caulk. I'll need to edge it (rounded?) ...
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How can I convert a closed stringer staircase to an open stringer staircase?

Currently I have a closed stringer staircase against a wall in my home, and my plan is to convert it into an open stringer staircase. I have looked underneath the staircase and there is no central ...
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Can I use composite wood to make ground-contact retaining stairs?

Hills get cut using the following procedure: When earth is cut deeply enough, stairs get formed.These stairs, which have front walls and back walls, need to be braced. The obvious choice for a ...
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Are spindles strong enough on a balcony to keep a toddler safe?

How do I reinforce (or cover) the spindles on my balcony stairs) to prevent a toddler from pushing against them and possibly having them collapse? I also want to discourage swinging from top rail. ...
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What is the recommended thickness for wooden steps?

I know that it depends on the wood itself, but are there any guidelines for how thick each stairstep should be? Assuming that it will be held by its sides (with no middle support) and will be around ...
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How can I build a custom stair case in a small space?

In my continuing pursuit of gutting this house and trying to better it; the snow has finally broken and its time to get back to work. We really, REALLY, want to use the attic space as storage / den / ...
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Deck handrail bracket

I just had a deck built and it failed inspection, partly because of the lack of a graspbable handrail (see also my related question Concrete blocks supporting deck stairs) . The current rail is a ...
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How do you finish carpet on the landing at the top of a hardwood staircase?

If I'm installing hardwood treads and risers and removing carpet from the stairs, what do you do with the top or landing if you have carpet on there now? Would you just have the carpet wrap over top ...
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Is it safe to remove risers from stairs?

I have removed the risers from my stairs (currently halfway up) and I am wondering if they are safe? They seem sturdy enough, and since they have been like that, I have had a massive water tank ...
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Is there a way to mount a crystal ball on a stair post finial?

I would like to make my own design finials for the bottom and top posts that hold my stair banister. I found 4-1/2" crystal balls that I would like to mount on top of a wooden plate that goes on top ...
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How to remove nails from 6 x 8 lumber

My townhouse has some outdoor stairs built out of 6" x 8" lumber (i.e., the first step is comprised of two pieces of lumber (with no "nosing")). A couple of the steps are rotten and I need to change ...
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Edge considerations on mosaic staircase

I'm renewing our old outdoor concrete staircase going to the garden. I've decided to install glass mosaic as surface finishing. I've got advice from the specialized shop regarding water-proofness of ...
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How can I create a platform on my stairs strong enough to support a ladder?

I live in a two-story condo and need to reach a spot on the wall high above my staircase to do some handy work. A ladder is the only way I can do this (I am stating this explicitly in order to avoid ...
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How can I make wooden stairs slip-proof?

My wife loves the idea of removing our stair carpet and putting bold/bright wallpaper on the vertical faces (risers)... ...but we're concerned that the horizontal parts (treads) would be much more ...
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Should a skirt board on a stair case be installed over the treads?

I am working on a project to replace my stair treads. The current treads show an ugly gap between the end of the tread and the existing skirt board. The current skirt board was installed before the ...
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Do stairs need to be the same height after landing?

I have set of stairs that leads from the main floor to the basement. A little over half way down there is a landing (typical L-shape). I'm looking to put in an insulated subfloor in my basement, ...
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How to repair a closed-stringer staircase?

I need to replace the treads on my closed-stringer staircase. They are 100-year-old softwood with unsightly, disintegrating rubber covers glued on. One stringer is against the outer wall of the house, ...
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What is this stair trim part called?

I was wondering what this part of stair trim that the arrow points to is referred to as. It is like a faceplate on the side of stairs, inverse of a baseboard.
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Is there any reason I shouldn't make my own stair treads?

Our main stair case is carpeted. Underneath is (at best) construction-grade plywood. We'd like to replace this with wood overlays. Probably maple (to match other floors). I've found prices for ...
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How to lift a staircase frame?

I will be making a staircase frame like the one below, but just now it strikes me that it will weigh about 200 kg (around 400 lb) and one end need to be lift 3.5 m off the ground. How can I lift it ...
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How should stair treads and risers be assembled?

When assembling stair treads and risers, is it better to have the tread tucked under the riser or have the riser tucked in between the tread and the stringer riser backing? I am inclined to think the ...
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How can you attach those stair steps to cement blocks?

My wife asked me if these kind of stairs could be done in our new house: The house I'm building is made of concrete blocks (which would be left unfinished in the first floor). Now, is there a safe ...
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Can I use a single cable for cable rails?

I'm looking at redoing our stair railing and going with a more modern look with cable rails. 'Proper' cable rails, however, seem to all come from perhaps one factory. All the options I can find look ...
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How to go about staircase drawers and drawers below stairs

I would like to utilize empty space in my house and there are two areas I would like to add extra drawers for my family. First area would be the actual staircase. It would be optimal to cut out a ...
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protect carpeted stairs?

How to protect carpeted stairs? The carpet on stairs is off-white, and I feel it's already showing signs of dirt/wear/tear even though it's been only about 10 days since we moved in. If it was flat ...
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How do I form and pour long concrete steps for an exterior staircase?

I want to replace some concrete blocks with proper stairs in front of my house. They are wobbly and dangerous. Attached is a photo of what is currently there. I have been unable to find anything ...
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How do I make exposed wood stairs less squeaky?

I was wondering if it is possible to make exposed wood stairs less squeaky with a layer of foamy/rubbery material between the stringers/frame and stair treads. Or is there a different solution?
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Why is the top step of a stair a different thickness than the other treads?

I'm a little confused about the finished floor (at the top of the stairs) and the thickness of the treads. The treads I'm looking at are around an inch thick. The finishing (hardwood, as seen at my ...