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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 basebord,...
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closed stair treads to open end stair treads

Question I currently have a wall on the left no wall on right but the actual stair tread are enclosed. My plan is to remove the skirt from right and have open stair treads and returns. Do i need to ...
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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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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 stabilize a wooden lawn mower ramp over stairs?

I'd like to build a ramp for a lawn mower that is in the basement. The only way out is a set of stairs with a very little space to turn to them (that's why the ramp doesn't extend all the way to the ...
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Can I glue two 1“ solid oak treads to make one 2” tread?

I am licensed floor contractor in the state of California. I am installing solid oak treads in open steps in stairs 2"x12"x43", because open steps over 39" wide must be over 1 1/2" thick. But, 2" ...
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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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Concrete stairs substrate preparation and layering

I need to pour small stair entry into my basement, about 4 steps and it is narrow, with a brick retention wall on both sides. I was going to first evenly grade and pack the dirt, then put gravel, ...
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Attach one-step to ground level deck

I want to do something like this photo but I don't know how to attach the one-step platform thing: I circled two areas that should be attached by nails (assuming 16d Common Nail). But the photo ...
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How should I secure spindles on a baserail without a groove?

I would like to replace a single piece metal spindle with wooden spindles, however, the metal is just screwed into the baserail, which does not have a groove. So I cannot follow instructions like ...
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Building stairs in congested area

I want to build stairs in rectangular area of 6 feet by 9 feet to reach ceiling which is 8 feet high above ground floor. Is it possible build such stairs? If yes, then what would be height of steps? ...
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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 ...
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How to support 1 corner of stair landing

We have a stair landing that is approx. 4 feet wide and 2 1/2 feet long. The 4 foot wide side rests on the outside concrete block wall. One inner corner appears to be held up by a 2x8 and 2x4, nailed ...
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Is this stairway wall load bearing? If so, how should I modify it for a nook? [closed]

I'm the in beginning stages of finishing my basement in my new Utah town home. I want to build a nook under the stairwell (see pic). I need to establish if the stairway wall/framing is load bearing......
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how to fix gap in stone front steps

these are the steps on the front porch :$ what's the best way to fill the hole and put a stone in front so it doesn't show such a big gap? thanks for your help.
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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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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 mount floating loft stairs to the wall

I'm looking for a nice way to make a stairs for loft bed in the apartment. I definitely want to use space under stairs for storage but I don't want to use all space. I like an idea shown here (...
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What can I do about 100-year-old stairs that are pulling away from wall

100-year-old stairs pulling away from wall. And there is a little give.
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Replace Banister Rod?

We have a broken banister spindle (see pics). What's the best way to fix this? Do I have to take it apart? Or is there a trick to this that I'm not aware of?
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Stairs pulling apart and pulling from wall [duplicate]

IMG_1601.JPG IMG_1603.JPG. Stairs are pulling from wall. Could it be stringers?
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How can I secure my spindles?

My house has 3 stories, and from the first floor to the second it has spindles. My issue with them is that they seem very rickety, and don't support any weight what so ever. Is it possible to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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 wouldn'...
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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 ...