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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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Reflective bubble insulation for making stairs fire-resistant?

I recently moved into a two-story home that has a storage cupboard under the stairs. There is no finish underneath the bottom part of the stairs, and the bare plywood is exposed, which is a fire ...
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Unexpected wood behind drywall (under stairs)

I was trying to install an electric receptacle inside our pantry (there is an existing receptacle on the opposite side of the same wall). I used a magnetic stud finder and determined where the studs ...
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How to calculate the load of the following stairs design

I just built a stairs made of 2x12 as treads and 2x8 as riser in a very hard red wood. the riser is glued and screwed with 1/4"x 4" structural screws (4 per steps) into the 1.5" side of ...
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How can I finish the gap between the stairs and the drywall?

Gap between the stairs and the wall.
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How can I repair the mortar behind marble steps?

Got some big spaces behind the steps leading up to my house. Is there a good product to use? I know the mortar needs some give. And is there a best practice to get all the way behind the step?
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Do IP65-rated LED strips need a wet-rated channel enclosure too?

As I described in this question, I'm planning to mount 12V LED strips under the treads of an outdoor wood staircase. The strips I'm considering are rated IP65. Does the aluminum channel enclosure also ...
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Is is safe to use LED strips that shine onto stair risers instead of directly onto treads?

I'm planning to mount LED strips under the treads of the outdoor wood staircase to our back yard. I'd like to avoid light shining into peoples' eyes while climbing stairs, so I'm considering mounting ...
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How and when to repair seals in concrete porch and steps?

What product should I use to seal the gap between my sinking front step and the porch pad? How do I remove the old failing seal? Should I seal the gap between the concrete porch in the house? What ...
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Help me to find a solution for twisted stairs corner

We are renovating our place and our floors and stairs have just done but I don’t like how our stairs turned out. It’s twisted stairs. We thinking to demo and re do again with panel going through it ...
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Are cracks between my steps and foundation a concern?

I have a concrete step with portico above it. I'm fairly certain it's attached via rebar as I see it in the basement area. I noticed some cracked mortar above the step and believe it to be getting ...
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Optimizing tread depth, riser height, and tread nosing projection for a compact staircase

I live in Indonesia. There is no building code. No insurance. No liability. Although building codes etc. might say 30cm run, 20cm rise, in practice one can find products such as these, with thousands ...
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Fixing creaky stair treads post remodel

We had a contractor remodel our staircase. To save money, instead of rebuilding the entire staircase, the contractor pulled off the carpet, trimmed off the nose of the old tread, and installed a red ...
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Stairs and trim

My wife and I decided to update our upstairs trim to a white after finishing the basement that way. I've run into a problem with the laminate stairs. Prior to the white, the trim was stained a dark ...
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Vertical position of cable railing tightening anchors for stairs

I am installing cable railing parallel and below my stair banister. They will be anchored in the newel posts. I am using a simple anchor (picture right) on one side and a tightening one (picture left) ...
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30 years old exterior wooden stairs, repair or replace?

We manage this condo in lake tahoe region, and as you may know, the area snows a lot during winter time. The exterior wooden stairs (circled in red) is about 30 years old, and we are thinking about ...
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