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How do I set the 4x4 post for a hand rail on a set of deck stairs with a gas line running underground beneath the stairs?

How do I set the 4x4 post for a handrail on a set of deck stairs with a gas line running underground beneath the stairs? It's the main gas line from the street to the house, so I know it's there, and ...
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can 1 metre threaded rods (m16 / m20) work as cantilever outside garden stairs?

I have a 3-5m garden wall around the back of my house (roughly 40cm wide x 25cm high x 20cm thick brick blocks). 2.5m garden wall at the smallish height, I was thinking if I got 1 metre m16/m20 steel ...
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How to repair these concrete steps?

How would I go about repairing this gap in my front porch steps? Link: front steps They are about 20 years old. All the houses on my street have the same steps and I can see the same issue appearing ...
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If I put 1/2" skirt boards above stringers, will I still have enough room to support treads?

My GC's put in unfinished stairs during our renovations and now I need to finish them. They never asked if I wanted skirts (which I do) so the stringers are butted against the dry wall. I can remove ...
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Handrail type and locations for my staircase rebuild

I tore my whole balustrade apart in order to install new flooring on our stairs. We had the intention of also eliminating the wall rail on the opposite side where there’s a full length wall. This idea ...
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What is the best method for installing runner rug on tile staircase?

Husband and I bought a house recently and ripped up the hideous green carpet that was previously on the stairs. We were fortunate to find the stairs are red terra cotta Saltillo tiles and in decent ...
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How to fix loose stair nosing?

The nosing at the very top of our stairs has come loose, most likely when we had a new hot water tank installed, and the weight of the replacement tank and/or one of the workers stepped a little too ...
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How To Frame Around Stair Landing

We are looking to renovate our basement, adding in framing and insulation among other improvements to replace our current walls, which are simply a laminate wood panel nailed to some furring strips ...
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How to make Custom Gate for Bottom staircase

The staircase in my house is quite steep. It originally had no railings with dropoffs as high as 8ft on each side.There is a room on one side of staircase and a hallway on the otherside of it. At the ...
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Wood stain didn't take in some areas. Not sure how to proceed. What should I do next?

I tried staining the treads on some stairs we had installed. And, for the most part, it looks really good. But, the stain didn't seem to take in a couple areas. Here is an image showing one example ...
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Separate access to lower floor utility room

Hoping for some direction on this. I am purchasing a half duplex and aim to convert the first floor into a 2 bedroom rental with a separate entrance. Main floor (my living space) is half a flight of ...
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Tightening a newel post bolt in a tight space

I have a couple of newel posts on my stairs that have gotten wobbly over the years. In an attempt to tighten them up, I removed the plugs at the bottom of the posts to access the bolts holding them to ...
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Will 2x10 boards span 44" as stair treads?

I purchased a pair of Bilco stringers. The instructions say to use standard 2x10s for the treads, so I bought pressure-treated #1 grade Southern Yellow Pine 2x10s. I cut them each to 46.5" and ...
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How to drill holes into stone steps to install iron railing?

I have some steps in my backyard that I would like to add a metal railing to as they get quite slippery in winter. The steps were installed by the former owner and as far as I can tell they are made ...
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Concrete Steps with Top Wooden Riser

I recently purchased a home and am working through some deferred maintenance issues. One issue is the front steps. There is a set of concrete stairs leading to a concrete landing and the issue is the ...
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Converting carpeted stairs to hardwood stairs

We removed the carpet from our stairs expecting to find plywood stair treads however, that is not what we found. instead, they did three 2x4s. It’s all extremely uneven and I’m not really sure what to ...
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How do I fix these wooden stairs?

I'm not even sure how to describe what has happened to the wooden stairs in my basement, but have included a link to a picture. One stair tread has come out of its slot(?) And one of the support ...
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How can I reduce creaking sound in 100 year old stairs?

I have a house built in 1928, with two large stair cases (straight to small landing, then curved). When we bought the house they were covered in vinyl, and had plywood nailed in between the rear of ...
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Water seeping in from trim around door at bottom of concrete casement stairs outside

I have an outdoor basement entrance that is below level. When it’s raining I am getting water coming up from between the stairs and the cement foundation. The lower the stairs the more the water ...
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How do I fix unsightly sides of wooden stairs?

I just bought a house and I’m trying to understand what options I have for fixing the sides of these wooden stairs because the caulking is cracked where the stairs abut the wood paneling. These stairs ...
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Water filtering through staircase and flooding basement

This staircase was recently renovated. This is in the back of my house and takes you to the basement. I noticed that when it rains a lot water starts filtrating through the stairs and end up wetting ...
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Adding an Interior door on bottom of stairs [closed]

I need to place a door at the bottom of these stairs. I will be having a baby in a few months and need the separation/noise reduction from the downstairs. There is no option for a door at the top. I ...
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How to I adjust flooring where two grooves meet up?

I am installing my floors and I mistakenly started from the bedroom and came to the hallway. Now I have reached the stairs and when I tried to install the flush stair nose, I noticed that groove is in ...
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How to smooth and seal the raw garage stairs?

I have a couple of raw wood garage steps. How can I smooth and seal them, because some of the wood at the edges is splintering, and the rings are rough as well. The wood stairs themselves are ...
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Ideal Rise/Run for Deck Steps for Couple Headed into Their mid-60s With Ailments [closed]

I can do pretty much whatever slope etc I want for my deck steps. It's a replacement so code is not an issue. 36 inch total rise. Is a 6" rise 13" run ideal? That would be six steps from a ...
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Can I increase the depth of my deck treads to gain footspace?

I have a deck where the contractor is building deck steps. Rise is 7-11/16" and run is currently 10-3/4" with 3/4 inch overhang. If I increase the run to 11-1/4" with a 1-1/4" ...
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Is this amount of wobble in my newel post acceptable?

I just had some new newel posts and railing installed. I’m on the fence whether or not the amount of wobble is acceptable. My wife believes it is too much to accept but I’m not really sure what’s ...
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Framing basement wall against blanket wrap insulation in tight corner

My house, located in SE Michigan, was built in 2012 and basement left unfinished by the builder. The basement is insulated with a wall wrap insulation blanket that is rated at R-11. The blanket is ...
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How can I raise a single-step landing with access from two sides? [closed]

I just moved into a townhome. I have this single step down to go to the living room bathroom. Any ideas on what I can do to fix this?
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Why are my new wooden treads narrower than the original carpeted treads? [closed]

We just had carpeting removed from our basement stairs and oak treads put in. The length of the oak treads put in is now shorter, and only measuring at 9.5" on the treads. Our contractor is ...
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Building (elevated) stairs on a steep slope

I'd like to access the hillside in my backyard. The challenges are: Steep hillside Lots of maintenance cutting overgrowth Walking on the hillside can cause erosion that we wish to avoid I'd love to ...
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Basement finish: how to fit drywall to foundation over stairs

I’m working on finishing a small 700 sqft basement. House is in Boston area, built around 1940. The poured foundation wall with stairs against it is two-tier. Bottom half of the wall is 3 inches ...
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How can I fasten wooden stair treads to porcelain tile on concrete?

I want to install wood stair treads over a concrete and tile flight of stairs. The tile is porcelain tile. I couldn't find any tutorial that addresses this specific scenario. Do I have to remove the ...
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Slanted Stairs Structural Issue?

First post, I'm interested in purchasing a house but the one hold up for me is a set of stairs going to the third floor of the house. They are noticeably slanted and I'm concerned that it could be a ...
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Stair riser renovation

I am looking to renovate this staircase. The bottom two risers are in bad shape. I was thinking of sticking plywood over them. Is this a good idea, any other suggestions?
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How do I finish these rough stairs?

I have done some research, and generally I understand that I need to install skirt boards in the spaces the builder left between the wall an the stairs, and I need to cut a skirt board for the outside ...
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Poured Concrete, blocks or something else for single detached step

Good Afternoon, I am redoing a patio at the front of our home and need some advice on how to handle a single step up to the existing front patio. Techo-Bloc calls for a pre-existing concrete step to ...
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Under stair room expansion [duplicate]

We have used a small room under the interior stairs as a pantry for a while and would like to expand it. Removed the drywall today and found this small framed out structure. Is it structural to the ...
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How far should a handrail extend beyond the contact point with the post (interior stairs)?

I am asking about the red circled ends of the handrail. How much should they extend beyond the contact point between the supporting posts and the contact point near the end of the handrail?
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Concrete steps sinking

I’m wanting to raise my concrete steps. I noticed there is wood exposed where the steps would be aligned with the house. Do I need to cover the wood with anything before raising the steps? Should ...
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Is there a polyurethane product that works both indoors and outdoors on concrete and wood? [closed]

I need to seal some stairs indoors and also an outdoor concrete slab that was recently painted. But I would refer to buy a single gallon to get it all done. Oil vs water and which product should I ...
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How can I reduce noise through bedroom walls? [duplicate]

Moved into a just remodeled house. Our daughter's bedroom hears all the noise from upstairs and adjoining walls including stairs to our room. After looking at options including spray-foam insulation, ...
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Cantilevered Deck Support Blocking Stairs [closed]

I am rebuilding my deck and have been playing around with some designs, but I've run into a snag. Where I want to direct my stairs leads directly into one of my support posts. I thought of the stair ...
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How to add 3/4" hardwood flooring to stairs that have stair nose?

I am working on the final step of finishing my kitchen. We replaced the tile with 3/4" maple hardwood floor. I now need to floor the landing and two stairs between. I am not sure the best way to ...
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Soundproofing an open stairwell against downstair noise

I'm trying to dampen the sound that comes up the stairwell by installing a new wall and a soundproof blanket. We currently have a half-wall that I'll be extending up to the ceiling. And that would ...
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Half open half closed stair railing

I finished up installing flooring and stair treads and want to replace the stair railings. What used to be there is similar to the blue line shown below. The bottom open half had risers/guards about 7 ...
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Do I need to sand the existing treads when gluing down new ones on top?

I am refreshing the existing treads (nose already cut, white oak treads ready to be cut to length and installed) by installing white oak treads to match the floor finish and wood. I think that the ...
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What is this Plastic Strip that came with stair nose?

Bought some stair noses from a warehouse online and it came with this plastic strip. What is it for? Do I glue this down and then stair nose on top of it?
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Is there a max ratio that you need to stay under when you notch a newel post in order to secure it to the joists?

I am talking about this situation Here is my situation: I have two posts that I am dry fitting right now and one of them will be sandwiched between a structural joist and the stringers for the ...
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Help needed with stairs!

Looking for help with stairs. We are in the process of adding a second level. The contractor is a complete (censored), and this has been dragging on for 2 years now. There's been a temporary wall up ...
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