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I'd have two concerns. The first is the structural aspect. Composite wood is quite bendable, so if you wanted to do this, you would need to space the rebar much more closely together than using pressure treat. I'd also worry about decomposition. Composites aren't rated for direct contact with dirt, and they can decay. I probably wouldn't do it.


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Composite wood is not usually rated for structural uses. Whether this is structural or not is debatable, but you'd likely need to drive more rebar if you opt for composite boards to prevent buckling.


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At that length and with a decent thickness (>=1 1/2") you'd probably be fine just using a solid wood plank as long as the species is appropriate. Here's a chart of the modulus of elasticity for some common woods http://www.woodworkweb.com/woodwork-topics/wood/146-wood-strengths.html To be honest, when designing something like a staircase you should really ...


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I know this is way after the fact but if you want to brown up wood a cool method is to use Potasium Dichromate (Bichromate of Potash if your an old timey cabinet maker). Its a water soluble mineral that reacts with the tannin in the wood and accelerates the natural aging process. It won't eliminate the red completely but it makes it more of a brown tone and ...


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It may make some cringe, and it is not for the faint of heart, but I would use an extension ladder of the proper height, placed on the stairs so the angle is good for climbing, one of these for either end of the long run of the stair, and place a walk board, a 2X10 or 2X12 (in the US), that is the main work surface. Access to it would be by another item ...


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There are three ways: 1) Lean a ladder against the lower wall, put boards connecting it with an upper stair, and put a ladder on top of that. 2) Use a baker scaffold. Baker scaffolds can be set up with varying height legs. Then put a ladder on the baker scaffold. This is my recommended solution. 3) Use a 2 wheel edging paint pad that will allow you to ...


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You could wrap the carpet to meet the final riser, or you can install a landing tread. It completely depends on your preference.


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Wrapping the carpet over the top is how I've always seen it done. That avoids any risk of an irregularity, and thus a trip hazard, at that edge. Though personally I'd consider removing the carpet from the landing etc. too, unless you have a specific reason to want it there. I've become very fond of wood floors with area rugs in selected places rather than ...


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You can wrap the carpet like you suggested. You can have the carpet held back some in an arc from the top tread and fill in with a bit more hardwood. Or you can purge all the upper level carpet and install a hardwood floor there too.



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