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Gap between the stairs and the wall.

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  • It would help if we could see more context. Whatever you do should coordinate with the rest of your trim.
    – isherwood
    Jul 26 '21 at 21:25
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Since you're stuck with the gap, look in the trim/molding section of your home store for quarter round or shoe molding. There are many types to choose from. Below are some pictures of the quarter and shoe trim.

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Between a staircase and a wall you're supposed to have a piece of trim called a skirtboard to fill that gap. It functions like a baseboard to keep peoples' shoes & feet from scuffing up the walls.

I suggest you look for a book called Building Stairs by Andy Engel. Many libraries have it. Staircases are really complex with more parts than I realized before getting this book!

Parts of a staircase

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    Skirtboards aren't usually used with closed staircases. The stringer already acts as a skirt. Ideally, the stringer would've been installed to framing, not drywall, mostly eliminating this problem.
    – isherwood
    Jul 27 '21 at 12:44
  • But you still have to finish off the bottom, slanted edge of the drywall which now "rests" on the stringer?
    – SteveSh
    Jul 28 '21 at 1:00
  • In this question/thread, the picture shows drywall outside of the stringers; not above them. The whole thing looks unusual to me. Jul 28 '21 at 15:38

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