I’m replacing carpet on stairs with wood. I ran into this metal strap on one of the risers. The end of the strap appears to be attached to the outer wall. Can I just remove it and place my new riser on top of old riser? Thanks.

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  • Why can't you put the riser overtop of the strap. The thickness must be minimal.
    – RMDman
    Commented Oct 15, 2023 at 0:55
  • Not sure if the right side would stick out more. I’ll notch the back if it does.
    – J C
    Commented Oct 15, 2023 at 3:49

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Notching the back of the riser would be preferred and won't take much work at all.

Unless you know why/what the strap is there for I would advise against removing it.

  • Yeah, that’s what I was planning on doing. Just curious what the strap was for. Thanks.
    – J C
    Commented Oct 15, 2023 at 3:54
  • @JC Hard for us to tell.
    – matt.
    Commented Oct 15, 2023 at 4:05
  • @JC can you see anything from under the stairs? Strap looks like an afterthought, because its not straight. I'd suspect it was squeaking and some extra nails/screws weren't enough to stop it.
    – Criggie
    Commented Oct 15, 2023 at 18:26
  • Can’t look underneath as its all boxed in. Interesting point on the strap used for squeaking. Thanks.
    – J C
    Commented Oct 17, 2023 at 5:53

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