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What are the specifics I should be looking for in a quote to replace my concrete steps?

The front steps in front of my house are deteriorating. I am trying to get a contractor to replace the limestone slab steps with concrete. For example, enclosed is a picture of my estimate from 2016. ...
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Can I have a handrail on only one side of the stairs?

Is it legal to have a handrail on only one side of the stairs if it's not continuous? (As shown in the picture below) Or should I remove that small handrail and put a long one all the way down on the ...
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How can I repair cracked stairs treads?

I have a ~100 year old stairway that has a couple treads cracked down the middle. One of them has a little give to it when stepping on it. They would be difficult to replace entirely, and I am ...
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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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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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How to build a small set of steps/stairs

I just had a paver patio installed and had the builder re-install the old wooden steps that he removed to do the work. We did this as a cost savings measure since stone steps would've doubled the ...
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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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How do I install concrete blocks to support deck stairs?

I just had a deck constructed and it failed inspection, partly because of missing concrete blocks where the steps meet the ground (see also my related question Deck handrail bracket). How would I go ...
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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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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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How do I secure wooden balusters to an exterior stair railing?

I'm building an exterior railing for my front porch & stairs. I will be using pressure treated lumber. My balusters will be turned like these: To secure the baluster to the bottom rail I was ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Should I continue my basement subfloor under the stairs?

As part of finishing my basement I'll need to rebuild these stairs to account for the higher floor level. The back of this stair case is currently open to the lower basement, but that will be getting ...
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How do I alter the shape of my existing concrete steps?

I have some concrete steps from my back door that I plan to cover with paver brick, so that they tie in aesthetically with my new paver patio. The existing steps are rectangular, but I want them to be ...
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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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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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How should I finish and protect outdoor wooden steps?

My house has a wooden staircase leading up to the front door. It gets a lot of traffic and is uncovered, so its exposed to New England winters. This means snow, ice, ice-melt, sand, shoveling, etc.. ...
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Tips and advice for repairing front yard stairs cheaply?

The front yard concrete stairs at the place we're looking to buy are in need of eventual repair. Some of the steps are different sizes creating a trip hazard. In addition, some of them have large ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Does clear silicone sealer damage stone?

I purchased some ice breaking mats. They are supposed to be attached to steps using clear silicone. I am worried that the clear silicone will damage the steps when removing the mats. The steps are ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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How do I remove a stair tread under linoleum without damaging the linoleum?

I'm replacing some old 1970s railing in between my kitchen and family room (there's a step down into my family room.) I ripped that out and exposed what looks like a stair tread that was ripped down ...
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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 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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Can someone help me identify this spiral staircase system?

I am thinking of buying this spiral staircase to use to get to our loft, but was curious if any of you could identify the type of staircase that it is. What is pictured is the section that sits on ...
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stair intersection design ideas

I currently have some angled stairs going from my garage into the home. To the left of these stairs is a closet that I'm going to take out to allow more open space in the garage. Directly to the right ...