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Step down into livingroom. Too tall? split in two?

There is a step down from the main level to the livingroom level. It's a bit over 8" I think it's too much - for me anyway. I am considering adding a second step, which would make each riser ...
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Staircase Issue

There is a wooden staircase going from the kitchen to the basement in our house. A small gap has opened up between one of the steppers (the part of the stair case you step on) and the stringer. In ...
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Making your own bullnose stair trim

I am having a hard time with the engineered hardwood floor retailer that sold me the hardwood floor that is being installed next week I tried to order a manufacturer made square bullnose piece and I ...
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Can these stair glass panels be installed according with the building code? [closed]

I am having a problem with the way the three glass panels that have the diagonal cut at the top will be installed, I am not sure how well they will align as the the angle of the stairs is ~44 degrees ...
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Insulating under the staircase from the crawl space - faced fiberglass insulation ok?

Our house is built on a slope, so the staircase to the bottom floor is right above the crawl space (vented; climate zone 3). The staircase is carpeted, and there's no insulation underneath. I can ...
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How to add a new step to my home entrance

Here is the current situation I bought a house the entrance has 2 steps stair, but the first step is a bit too high so we have some wood as an initial step. now I want to build the first step and I ...
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Installing hardwood floor and subfloor, stair risers already at max height what options do I have?

In the below picture you can see the 4 steps that take the visitor from the entrance door to the main floor. The floor guy will install 3/8" subfloor over the existing diagonal boards that are ...
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making concave indentation into end of piece of wood

I need to reinforce a railing, above a stairwell, that is completely un-supported at one end (other than flimsy metal vertical stiles, which are nowhere near strong enough to keep the end of the ...
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Are these studs actually structural?

First question on here so apologies if getting it wrong. I have removed old lath and plaster wall from under stairs to install cupboards but there is a lot of wood that appears to be structural ...
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Controlling multiple lights (stairs and basement) with motion-detector

As you can see in this photo, I have an unlit stairway down to my basement. At the bottom of the stairs to the right is a door to my basement-level garage. We use these stairs frequently. I want them ...
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Stairway handrail needs to be lower than the wall mounting

I want to install a stairway handrail, but the lower part of the wall is covered by an old marble panelling that cannot be drilled. So the only place I can attach brackets to the wall is above this ...
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When having new steps being poured, what are the requirements for footers, gravel, stone at base and broken concrete and bluestone fill?

We have a side and front porch being removed and repaired. On our back porch, they are pouring two new sets of stairs with bluestone on top and Elderado stone around the side. We went out this ...
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When replacing front and side concrete steps, is it common to leave some of concrete steps to pour the new concrete over? Use old concrete as fill?

Our front and side concrete steps are being replaced. Our contractor has jacked out part of the steps, but not all of it. He also intends to use the broken concrete as fill inside the new steps. On ...
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2-story house -- what would happen if I installed an AC unit in the window halfway up the stairs?

I purchased a window AC unit without checking fit on all my windows. It won't fit my upstairs or downstairs windows. The only window it fits is halfway up the stairs.
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Fill a hole in wood with a cavity behind

I’m trying to find the best way to fill a hole in wood with a cavity behind it. I’ve got a stair box which at some point in the past has had a chunk taken out of it that goes completely through the ...
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How can I attach modern spindles to these treads?

We recently bought a terraced house in the North of England (built in 1880). Its three stories, and its beautiful curved bannister that would have run continuously from ground to second floor had been ...
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Fill gap between stair tread and retread?

I'm using Stairtek retreads to resurface previously carpeted stairs. Some current treads have some sag in the middle, with the worst of which being 3/16". Is there a viable way to level that so ...
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How do you tile over a porch stepping slab that has a nose?

In the picture below everything is cross section: 1 -door 2 -porch slab concrete 3 -stepping stone that has a nose I would like to tile the porch and the stepping stone but I am not sure how to tile ...
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How should I fasten lowered stair stringers to my deck landing?

I have a small landing and set of stairs that need to be built in a fairly small space up to our garage pad. I have a limited area to work with so the landing serves as the first step down in order to ...
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Is it reasonable to use plywood as a finished flooring on a stair landing?

I'm planning a stair remodel and am seriously considering using stair retreads over existing stairs on a U-shaped staircase. The stairs are open on one side so will be needing returns as well. I'm ...
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Fixing laminate stair nose molding?

One of the stair nose came off and I’m trying to figure out the best way to put it back. There are tiny nails through the stair nose, and they all shifted. I think about removing them and applying ...
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Should my new steel stairs have a rubber gasket under for flexing?

Building an all steel staircase in my workshop, with 6" C channel stringers. I'm wondering if I should put some rubber inner tube under the plates at the bottom of the stringers on the concrete ...
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Wanting to put open railing on stairs but framers seem to have made the banister load bearing. Is this going to be hard to change?

Our home is in framing phase but we didn’t get to choose finishes. They are framing it for an enclosed wall staircase but I want to change it to railing as soon as I move I. However, the framing ...
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Stairway Railing / Banister Code Requirements

I've recently been remodeling my staircase leading upstairs and have a question regarding the necessary alterations to meet code requirements. The goal is to keep the staircase as open as possible to ...
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Using angle steel as stair tread cleats

My walkout basement concrete pit was poured with a 36" wide area for the steps you can walk up to get to grade (sorry for the crude ASCII art): w +---+ | | | +--------+ | | +-----...
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adhesive for vinyl plank stair treads and MDF risers

I'm redoing stairs with vinyl plank (EVP) treads (with build-in pad), and then 1/2" MDF covers for risers. What adhesive should I be using for the vinyl plank (with pad)? What about for the MDF ...
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How do I fix a loose wooden tread on a concrete staircase?

The wooden stair tread shown below has become loose when moisture entered the staircase from the wall's side and warped it. The water ingress has since been fixed, but the tread often makes a loud ...
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Suitable ladder for reaching stair well above corner stairs

I want to hang a picture in our stairwell above the stairs, but the stairs curve directly beneath the stairwell where I want to hang the picture. What is the best way to reach the wall above the ...
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Can the bottom stair have a different height than the rest in GA?

Have spiral staircase in which all the riders but the bottom one are the same height. Is that acceptable in GA?
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How are rubberized stair treads done when there is an open landing?

I want to add rubberized stair treads to a staircase. However, at the bottom of the staircases is a landing that is open on two sides. Since the stair tread material I have seen just has a lip on one ...
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Anti-slip (ice, water) mat for outdoor stair treads?

I used composite decking to build my stair treads and it gets slippery, especially when water freezes over during winter. I need five of something that is 6' long and 6" deep to provide traction. ...
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Maximum rise on outdoor steps

I am working with a contractor to build stone/cinder block steps on a 30 to 35 degree slope. He is thinking to put 10 inch risers. Although that is above the level I am seeing in my cursory search (...
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Multiple motion switches in parallel OR operation for stairway

2017 NEC 210.70.A.2 gives the following exception: Exception to (A)(2)(1), (A)(2)(2), and (A)(2)(3): In hallways, in stairways, and at outdoor entrances, remote, central, or automatic control of ...
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Fix stair railing which has nails on the end

It looks like end of my stair railing was attached to the wall with four small nails, and it has come off. I tried pushing it back to the wall, but cannot get it to align to the original position (...
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insulate walk up attic stairs (not pull down)

I have a full set of stairs that walk up into an unfinished attic space. The full sized access door to these stairs is in a hallway as if its a closet. Unfortunately, the max distance I have under ...
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Do you have to subtract the skirt board width when measuring stair width?

It's my understanding that if you have 3' wide treads and you put drywall on top you no longer meet code because your stair width is now 2-11". Is that also true for skirt board?
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Finishing A Newly Installed Stair Landing

I am currently wrapping up finishing my basement, and am trying to figure out what to do with my stair landing. Because of a ~2" increase in height compared to my old basement floor, I had to ...
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How can I repair treads on an open staircase which have been cut off flush on the ends?

I've bought a Victorian house that the previous owner, in their infinite wisdom, boarded up the main staircase. I've removed the boards to reveal the original spindles, and it seems they have trimmed ...
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Stair Project - Closed Stair stringer replacement ideas

I have removed the carpet from the stairs and already have the plans on updating the treads with : https://www.lowes.com/pd/Stairtek-RetroTread-11-5-in-x-36-in-Unfinished-Red-Oak-Stair-Tread/3316912 ...
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Looking for tread covers for spiral staircase

I've got a metal spiral staircase in my condo, and I'm having trouble finding a good solution for tread covers. I would love simple non-slip mats, and there are many great options for regular stairs (...
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Stairs railing restoration

I have noticed that some of my stair railing coating has been chipping off, clearly due to wear and tear uses. I have an elderly person living in the house and has to hold the railing right to use ...
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What are my options for rugged stair coverings?

I removed carpeting from a set of stairs going down to a basement. The structure of the stairs is just plywood on stringers, but is fully boxed in, meaning it is built out with both risers and treads. ...
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Is this stair rise to code?

Edited: I added a photo of the whole stairs, to see if it looks like it can be fixed or if you all think he needs to start over. We are currently having our front porch steps and railing rebuilt. The ...
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The gap between the stairs and the plasterboard

How and what to use to fill this hole between the stairs and the plasterboard to create an equal surface, reasonably resistant to cracking.
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How much can the topmost segment of a stair stringer be reduced without compromising strength?

Let me try this a different way. My question is about the 2x12 stringer and if there are certain dimensions I need to keep in mind to not undermine the structural integrity of the wood. Using the ...
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Any creative ideas for dealing with this long drop next to stairs?

My house is built on a hill and the lower level is quite dark. In an effort to open it up a bit, the original owner came up with this weird set of stairs (pictured below) with a platform off to the ...
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Excavated large rocks in concrete mix for staircase

In the process of prepping for my basement staircase, I excavated a fair amount of dirt and some rocks (size between baseball and football). Would it be OK to put some of those rocks (rinsed clean, of ...
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How to lay gravel on graded underlayment?

I am pouring concrete to make a small staircase (5 steps, 8x10" each) over ground underlayment. Since the grade is something like 40 degrees, the gravel rolls down hill and accumulates in the ...
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Rebar for small basement stairs supported by wall on both sides

I'm rebuilding small stairs (5 steps) leading from the street to my basement apartment. They are supported by brick walls on both sides, as you can see in the picture. The old stairs i just ...
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How can I bend plywood around a stair riser?

I've been researching for some time how to cover a curved stair riser that had been previously tiled. I wasn't pleased with the look of the tile, so I removed it and sanded back the mastic before ...
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