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Tread boards in external stairs for houses

I am about to build a small (3-riser) entrance stairway for my house guided by this how-to: This question is about the treads which appear to be consisting of three separate boards each. The text ...
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Is it a problem to have gaps in the drywall hidden by molding?

We recently had someone repairing the stairs in our home. During the process of removing the old stairs they created these gaps in the drywall (see images), however, they never filled them and simply ...
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How can I fill the gap between layers of a stair tread?

I had to add tread height, to make an old stair come out even when adding an insulated floor below (see How can I deal with a short bottom step on a stairwell? ). Now I've got a gap on the top tread'...
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Keeping outdoor deck stair stringers from splitting

I have a set of pressure treated stairs that lead from ground level up to a wooden deck, providing access from the pool to a water slide (salt water and chlorine). I originally built these stairs ...
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loose newel post with some type of plate underneath, how to tighten

I have a newel post with a plate underneath, see attached picture. It is wobbly. I have tried using pocket screws to secure the post, however they get stuck at what I believe to be this plate. What is ...
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How should I eliminate gaps in wood-grain miter joints?

I just installed some Cap-A-Tread vinyl stair treads. Basically, these are 5/8" thick MDF boards that wrap around existing treads and give them a new "look" because of a thin vinyl layer. The vinyl is ...
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stair riser variation between stairs and landings

I'm designing a stairs in a very tight space that has an upper landing and a lower landing, each segment requires a 90 deg turn. If the landing riser heights are different from the main run - does ...
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how many screws are needed for 300 lbs

I'm considering use of GRK R4 #10 3.125" structural screws in a applications where it appears that the primary load on the screw is shear. The package states 1016 lbs ave ultimate load in wood w/0.67 ...
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What is the minimum distance required between handrail posts and opposite wall?

Regarding stairway code, I understand the distance between the handrail and the opposite wall can be a minimum of 31.5". But I can't find any wording on when the handrail is attached to posts. Does ...
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What is the most common length for stair nosing to overhang?

Can any builders tell me how far their stair nosing overhangs? I've read that 1.25" is common. I'm having my stairs rebuilt and the overhang will affect the location of the bottom stair. Also, do you ...
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How to support a turn in a staircase?

This is for a shed. I'm having problems finding enough support for either stringer and I can't find any close-up images of how this might be done. My only choice seems to be to pull the lower ...
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Should my stairs have less than 10 inch run?

My home is antique and has 9" x 9" stairs (extremely steep). I'm having them rebuilt adding only one stair since I am limited by floor space and headroom. They will then have an 8.1" rise and I would ...
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Why does the riser go before tread when installing hardwood on stairs?

I want to install prefinished hardwood on my stairs and I have no difficulty with the process. Every diagram I find online installs the riser first and then butts the tread to the riser. It seems to ...
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How can I fix/replace this cracked step?

My 1960 Massachusetts home has red oak flooring, and one of the treads on the first to second floor staircase has started splitting: The crack is almost unnoticeable, and I'd love to fix it by just ...
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Converting housed stringer to open stringer

I am in the process of converting our housed stringer stairs to an open stringer format and have some questions about placement of the stringers. We have an L-shaped stairway going from the first ...
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Concrete steps along exterior wall

I'm building concrete steps along the hillside parallel to my exterior wall. Lower part of the wall is concrete foundation and upper part is stucco/felt paper/plywood and wall studs. Part of the steps ...
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How can I deal with a short bottom step on a stairwell?

I've got a interior stairwell with 20 steps of 7 1/2" rise on wood treads, except for the bottom step that's a concrete tread 6 1/2" up from a slab. The top of the stairwell features a pocket door ...
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US Building Codes - Do I need a handrail on this initial section of stairs?

I realize that building codes tend to vary by jurisdiction, but I'm wondering, in general, do I need a hand railing and/or guardrail on this initial section of stairs as shown in orange? My hope is ...
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How to calculate stair stringer when total RISE is small?

I have a interior landing (a room entrance) sitting at 12 inches from the floor. I'm having trouble running the numbers on the stringer calculation since dividing the total rise by 7 is 1. That ...
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Making squeaky stairs silent

My stairs are creeky and squeaky. They are probably as old as the house (100+ years) so they are probably full of lose nails, but still i‘d like to remove as much sound as possible. I took off the ...
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Ideas for Door Opening that is 1 foot above adjoining room

I am renovating and add-on room at my house. The room is a converted outdoor patio which has concrete slab for flooring. In order to add a bathroom (toilet & drop-in shower combo), the decision ...
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Are there any special tools, materials or techniques required for building a staircase door?

I have recently moved to a house that has a converted attic. It isn't a huge space but would make a reasonable den or man-cave were it not for the fact that the staircase cuts the room almost in half ...
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How can I rebuild creaking plywood-based stairs? [closed]

I have a carpeted creaky 13 tread 40 year old staircase that I've tried to repair several times with the breakaway screw systems found in the squeak elimination kits using breakaway screws that screw ...
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Masonry Repair - Paver Steps Loose

I have some steps on my front walkway that have come loose (marked with blue tape in the pictures). I've tried fixing these with liquid nails and with epoxy. But I can't get them to stay. I've kept ...
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Why is woodwork relatively meager in modern homes? [closed]

I notice that older houses tend to have much more massive and finely wrought woodwork than new homes. For example, here is a railing from an early 20th century house: Notice the elaborate paneling on ...
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Does Landing At Bottom of Small Staircase Need to be 36" Long

Does international building code require a 36" landing at the bottom of a small staircase? I see it mentioned all over the internet that it's required for a large staircase, but am unable to find if ...
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How to fix squeaking in carpeted stair treads

I have 3 or 4 carpeted steps that make a muffled crunching sound when being stepped on. There is no access from below. How do I determine the location where the problem is and how do I fix the ...
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Stair newel post broken

Newel post at the top of the stairs was extremely wobbly so I took it upon myself to check it out. After taking a better look I have come to find out that not the post itself is broken, but the ...
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Lowering height of porch railing from steps affect railing length

I was thinking of lowering the railing on some porch railing that I put up because there is too much gap between bottom of railing and the edge of the steps. If I do so, will it affect the length of ...
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Distance at bottom of porch railings

Is there a standard distance between steps and bottom of porch step railings? What I am referring to is if you measure the distance from a step to the railing above it. The distance I measured was ...
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DIY cable railing corner post configuration?

Using Steeltek pipe fittings to create a corner railing over a half lower level. My plan was to have the uprights and top & bottom rails made from the galvanized pipe & fittings and use cable ...
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New home with gaps in stairs

The stairs in our home being built (production builder) is concerning. The gaps in risers and treads doesn't seem right. When seeing all other homes in same neighborhood under construction they do not ...
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stair tread molding/nosing options

I'm a homeowner and renovating my 100 year old house. The old pine stair treads are broken in several places and extremely ugly, and so they must be replaced. We also decided to open up the ...
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transition between hardwood plank and molding on stairs

I just got hardwood stairs installed. [The installer left a gap between the end of the hardwood plank and the molding and filled it with putty—and it looks terrible.][3] What can I do to cover that ...
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For deck stairs adjacent & parallel to the house wall do I need handrails on both sides?

For deck stairs adjacent and parallel to the house wall, do I need handrails on both sides?
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2x12 and 3/4" Play for stringer ledger?

Scenario: attach 3 staircase stringers to floor i joists. Problem: I joists have very few fastening points, about one nail per flange. Would it be best to attach a 2x12 to the I joists (it will run ...
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Do stair stringers need to be supported along their length?

I want to open a space that's closed off under my stairs. There is framing under one stringer to support existing drywall, and possibly the stairs. (The other stringer in attached to a wall) Safe to ...
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Interior staircase with closed stringer

My interior staircase has a closed stringer and I want to change the first step to add a bullnose tread. Can I cut the stringer: is there any way this can be done? I
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Dusk to dawn dimmable control for indoor stair lights

I have 5 LED stair lights on an indoor stairwell, and two problems I am trying to solve: The lights are too bright, so I would like to dim them. But I don't need to ever change the dimness. I'd like ...
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Open riser stairs with squeaky treads

How do you make stair treads with an open riser stop squeaking? The treads are connected to the stringer with brackets.
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Conflicting contractor opinions on rebuilding steps using original construction method

Is it appropriate to rebuild brick steps with sandstone slab steps and landing depicted with dimensions in the picture "Final Constructed Steps" below using the original construction method depicted ...
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Deck Stairs on Uneven Ground -

How do you recommend putting in deck stairs on uneven ground? I have significant slope in both directions - 8 inches sideways across a step and 3.5 inches down the steps. See attached drawing showing ...
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How can I fix railings that lack newel posts?

In my new house these two rails: are wobbly and feel unsafe. It seems to me that whatever I do to the existing pieces, they're always going to be rather unsafe—they're low (less than 3 feet high) and ...
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How to fix rocking stone slab stair?

My stone slab stair started rocking back and forth this spring. How can I properly fix it? Obviously it's very heavy, so lifting/moving it is a challenge. I'm in Ontario, Canada (in case it matters ...
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How to make a stair railing

So I'm trying to design a stair railing and I have to have the spaces between the bars to be 4". I just can't think of the way to do the math that would tell me how wide the bars would have to be. My ...
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how to protect first stair riser from water?

The stair in my garage is very ugly and it's off-gassing bad particle board smell. Especially the first riser is rotted. So I am going to make a new stair by replacing current treads and risers with ...
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Possible to salvage bowed sandstone slabs for porch steps?

Are there are any techniques to flatten out bowed sandstone slabs in a relatively short period of time (e.g. laying them out in a flat spot of the driveway and keeping them wet for a few weeks)? Or, ...
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How much space do I need at the top of the stairs?

I'm in Pa and iI can't seem to find anything explaining this. I am building an addition and trying to save as much space as possible. My question is, if i have a half wall at the top of the floor and ...
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Exterior Tiling falling off of front step

The front step of my house is concrete with tiling on top (installed by the previous owner). Recently the tiling starting falling off. You can see from the picture below that between the concrete ...
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Screw placement to tighten and eliminate squeaks and popping

I am installing some pre made,stick on adhesive carpeted stair tread covers and want to run some screws in before to tighten up and eliminate some squeaks and popping from the top since I have no ...