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Staircase Design Review

I am designing a staircase to be built inside a house. At the moment I am not concerned about materials or supporting structure but rather with the usability and safety. I realize I may not build a ...
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Should particle board treads be removed before finishing my stairs?

The. Builder installed temporary stairs of particle board. Should we remove these prior to installing the Permanent stairs and risers?
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Laminate Stair Nose Installation

Below are all the pictures that correspond to my question. Last night I installed some stair nose molding and tried to follow the instructions the best I could (the part of the instructions in ...
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Stair Illumination: Location of light

Before I close this up, is this legit location for light at bottom of stairs? Yes, switch at top and bottom, and light at top as well. Through some quirk of symmetry, this can light (of 12 total), ...
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ideas for using a closed stair

This is a 300 years old building split into multiple apartments in the middle of Lisbon. When doing some cleaning (removing some cover tables), what supposed to be a "small" cubicle/closet turns out ...
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Is this Landscaping Caulk on Outdoor Retaining wall Steps

I have steps leading up through my retaining wall and a few of the stones that cap the steps have come loose. Looking at the place where the steps were, there appears to be some kind of caulk-like ...
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Light required at bottom of L-shaped stairs or is on landing only sufficient?

I have a L-shaped stairway with connecting landing going from my ground floor to my to-be-finished basement. There are 11 risers going down to the landing, then a 90-degree turn to the left, then 5 ...
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How to install drywall on existing basement stairs?

We are finishing our basement stairs, and I'm struggling with how to drywall the side that is parallel and flush against the foundation. Should I pull down the stairs, frame the wall, hang drywall, ...
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Bottom stair riser on top of new flooring or gap with trim to cover?

I can't find anything on the internet to help me with this and my husband and I can't agree. We are installing both new flooring (bamboo) and replacing our carpeted stairs with hardwood. My husband ...
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Patching Holes in Iron Staircase

My condo building has an outdoor iron staircase that has been developing some penny to quarter sized holes. While the staircase is structurally sound, I’m looking for a solution to patch the holes in ...
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Stairways Hand Rail requirements

On what Building & Safety or any building' s Jurisdiction, within the United States, will this hand rail be acceptable and approved for residential usage.
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Level of repair for rotting outdoor stairs

I've got wooden stairs leading up to a porch that need repairs. The more I look into it, the more that I see needs to be done, so I'd like advice as to what I should do short term and what I can put ...
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Custom rail for a spiral staircase

I have (foolishly) bought an oak spiral staircase on craigslist. I was able to use the treads OK, but I'm completely unable to fit the rail that came with it. So I need to construct a custom one. I'm ...
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Latex or oil paint for interior stairs

Which would be better on interior stairs (they are bare wood right now). Oil or Latex based paint? I should also point out that there are nail heads showing that I can't sink because they are not ...
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Stair Handrail loose, but not due to screws loose

I have stair handrails held on by brackets like the one in the image. The bend in the loop piece has a larger diameter than the diameter of the post on the bracket that it loops around. Also the post ...
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Is it possible to use a scaffold ladder as access to loft?

I am looking for affordable, safe access to the 7'x 7' sleeping loft we are soon to build and came across a scaffolding ladder with handrails for under $100. Is this a crazy idea or a viable option? ...
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Reduce stair support in kitchen

I've been living with this box in my kitchen for a year since I've moved in and I hate it. I thought I would be able to reduce it for a better kitchen design. However now I've removed it I want to ...
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Refinish or replace an old staircase

I have a staircase from which I ripped up the old carpet. I’m trying to figure out how to refinish, seems I have four options: Refacing with a veneer tread cover and riser. This was my original plan ...
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Do I need to anchor premade concrete stairs

Do I have to anchor premade concrete steps to the wall? We used to have wooden steps but they were not anchored to the wall.
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What primer for bare wood stairs with nails showing

I'm painting the stairs going down to my basement that previously had carpet. After removing the carpet, they are like bare, new wood. Unfortunately, the treads were nailed with common nails (not ...
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How to extend a 2x6 joist to accommodate a hanger board for stairs?

I live in an antique home with 2x6 ceiling joists. The stairs are being rebuilt and the current hanger board for the stringers will not work. So I have attached a picture of the current setup and one ...
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Deck stairs pulling apart and railing wobbly

My deck stairs which are supported by ledger strips keep pulling away the stringer. Last year I used a clamp to squeeze them back together but they pulled away again. The railing also is wobbly. ...
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What lumber should be used for indoor stair stringers?

I have seen some books say to use laminated 1.5" plywood to build the stringers because they do not warp. Others say 2x12 stock works but I do not want to deal with warping over time. So, what do you ...
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What is the most common stair tread depth and stair nosing length?

I am having my stairs rebuilt and was wondering what the most common stair nosing length is. I have seen code requires nosing overhang be no more than 1.25". Is 1.25" common? Or is 1" more common? ...
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Stringer separating from deck stairs

I’ve got a not quite 2 yr old deck installed by our builder. We have a problem with the stringers pulling away from the treads and risers. We first started noticing it last year, so I added some 3.5” ...
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How do I repair my stair bannister?

My stairs bannister are made of small wood posts nailed to the ramp. The whole thing have always been quite fragile. After 10 years, a couple posts came loose and most show a gap between the posts and ...
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How to cut floor joist for stairway headroom?

I live in an antique cape and we are having the stairs to the 2nd floor rebuilt so we will need more headroom. There is a floor joist that will need to be cut to make that possible. I'm trying to ...
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How to measure total stair rise with uneven floor?

My house is antique and I would like the stairs rebuilt because they are too steep. I know the first thing to make the stringers is calculate the total rise. But my problem is the floor where the ...
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Running 12V Wire Behind Walls for a LED Stair Light?

I'm interested in lighting a stairwell in my house using a red LED strip. I have a nearby AC outlet and plan on using a typical 12V power supply from the AC outlet. I know that class 2 wire is ...
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Filling gaps between staircase and plaster wall

I purchased a home that was a two family converted to single. Brick veneer on the outside and block inside. I have been assured by two structural engineers that I have no foundational issues. I have a ...
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Fixing void on face of concrete steps

My front steps are crumbling on the top. I wondered what I could do to fix this? Thanks in advance all!
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Convert concrete stairs to limestone stairs

I have a narrow concrete stair front door like so: I want to make it larger and nicer like this It doesn't need to be limestone but any outdoor stones/tiles is fine. Some questions: Can I make it "...
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Storage space under stairs

I am looking to finish the area under the stairs. There are two diagonal beams under the landing step. Can these be removed or do they contribute to the integrety of the staircase?
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Can I cut a piece of newel post base sticking out of slanted ceiling?

We have recently bought our new house. It has two floors, and in the living room there is a small section of slanted ceiling below the staircase. In that section, there is a square piece that sticks ...
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Stair thread different color from old runner carpet

I removed my old stair runner and now the outside looks different from inside. You can see that from the blue arrow: It is hard to see with a few steps but if you look 10 steps up, it's very obvious ...
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Removing/cutting beam beneath half-landing stairs

I have half-landing stairs which go up 7 steps, around a flat bit, then up another 7 steps. The second portion of the steps is at the back of one of the downstairs rooms, and is currently boxed-in, ...
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How Are My Stair Openings Framed (60s side-split)

I'm looking to run some electrical & CAT5 in my place as well as potentially some larger projects such as removing some partition walls. As a precursor to this I decided to model my house in ...
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How do you install a floating floor on stairs?

I purchased a vinyl plank flooring to put in my basement and replace the old carpet down there. I would like to put this flooring on the stairs - but it is a floating floor. How can I keep it in place?...
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Can I cut stringers on a closed stringer staircase without affecting the structural integrity?

My current stairs are built inside the stringers, I want to cut the stringers as shown in the picture on both sides in order to lay treads and have them overhang. Can I do this? Or will it weaken the ...
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if your rise is 7.25“ and your tread is 11.5” but you also have a 3" nosing is this legal

If the rise is 7.25" and the tread is 11.5" and the nosing is 3", is this legal
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Stair tread partial repair

Apologies, but I currently do not have pictures. The stairwell in my house is carpeted, but has visible hardwood for any tread that overhangs wider than the stairwell hallway. Think bottom few ...
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Can I really use construction adhesive to attach hardwood stair treads and risers?

I've been considering removing the carpet from my stairs, and installing hardwood flooring instead. While preparing for this project, I started watching YouTube videos. A lot of the videos show ...
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How to make a 19' bannister sturdy?

There's still about a foot of play in the middle. I put wood glue and finish nails in the loose spindles but very little improvement made. Both newell post are solid.
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Can I make a post and baluster railing terminate into a wall?

I have a railing that starts at the first floor with a post, goes up the stairs with balusters and ends with another post. But space is extremely limited on that 2nd floor landing and the post ...
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Should this elevated door have trim/casing at the bottom?

This door separates a sunken rec room from a den. It has always struck me as odd that there is trim/casing along the bottom. Is there a better way of handling the trim around the sides, but with no ...
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Should I use Baltic Birch for stairs?

My indoor basement stair treads are currently made of 5/8 OSB nailed to the stringers. I plan to replace them with new glue+screw plywood. I'm considering 3/4 Baltic Birch ply for this because of ...
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Installing Pre-Finished Hardwood on Stairs - How to Avoid Shortening Tread Length

The Problem I am in the process of installing a pre-finished hardwood floor. As part of the install, I purchased a bunch of stair nosing with the intent of installing the hardwood on my stairs as ...
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What screw length for screwing down stair treads into stringers?

My stairs are old and squeak and I would like to screw them down and plug the holes. My question is what length screw should I go with? They are about an inch thick. The stringers are old as it's ...
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How to attach newel post to stringer below the tread?

I need to install a new newel post at the top of my stairs but there is not room on the landing for a post, it will have to mount from the tread of the top step. My plan is to notch out the post at ...
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Are these studs supporting the stairs?

Planning on building a cupboard under the stairs i was going to leave this section but the plasterboard was damp (Prob from cats water bowl spilling or something). So i thought i may as well make use ...