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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 dry/...
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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 ...
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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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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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should I stain the bottom of exterior steps?

When staining exterior steps should I also stain the bottom of the steps? I ask because I think it might better to leave the bottom unstained to let any moisture in the wood evaporate. There would be ...
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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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How to build deck steps down to patio?

I have a deck on the back of my house with a patio next to the deck. I would like to build a wide set of steps down to the patio. Can I have the steps rest on top of the patio or should I put ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do I need to do anything at the base to support deck steps?

I want to add some wood steps off my wooden patio deck (which is in Iowa). The deck surface is around 30 inches above the ground, in which the steps would go from the ground to the deck. At 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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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 is the name of the metal strip that goes over a step

Between 2 rooms, there is a small single step, the step being only about 1-2 inches tall. Over this step is a piece of metal, bent in half. Mine has come undone, and has ended up broken but I've just ...
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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 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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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 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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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 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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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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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 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 subtly mark a height difference to prevent tripping?

Between two of my rooms I have a height difference of about 4cm. What is an obvious but subtle way to mark the marble floor so the step is obvious, and help to prevent tripping? I'm thinking of ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...