Questions tagged [stairs]

The tag has no usage guidance.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
0
votes
2answers
167 views

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
0
votes
1answer
561 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
441 views

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.
0
votes
1answer
99 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
9k views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
288 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
597 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
77 views

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 ...
0
votes
3answers
583 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
243 views

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, ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
339 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
73 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
455 views

Squeaky stairs, fix from below?

I have some squeaky stairs going from the 1st to 2nd floor. Below them is the stairs going down to the basement but the ceiling of the basement is drywalled (not very well). I'm having some work ...
2
votes
1answer
582 views

How could I address this dead space between my stair case and this wall?

Because the renovators squeezed a half bathroom in the space beside/under the stairwell, there is an awkward 3-4" dead space between the banister and the stairwell wall (pics below). I've never ...
0
votes
2answers
4k views

Adding an Interior Door on a Stair Landing

*Update 1/26/2017 Ok, it looks like a traditional door may not work... What about an accordion style door? There are likely studs at both the corner and at the opposite wall on the landing that would ...
3
votes
3answers
231 views

Making a path less slippery

I have a path (in Indonesia; rainfall 4000 mm per year) that is a combination of steps and slope. This picture shows a relatively steep slope over a brief section that's a bridge over a hole. The ...
3
votes
1answer
691 views

Replace stair treads on a prefabricated staircase

I have a staircase that was carpeted. Decided to remove the carpet and sand/stain the hardwood treads below, but the top 4 treads are particle board. When trying to remove the particle board treads ...
2
votes
0answers
1k views

What is required to enclose and finish my basement stairs?

I am finishing my basement, including enclosing the stairs: new treads, adding risers, drywalling in the sides. My question concerns structural requirements for the stairs. Photos below for ...
0
votes
1answer
64 views

Iron stair case - terrible fixing

We have a nice old staircase with iron balustrades. But at the bottom of each is some horrible fixing, we are unsure what it is for - maybe a build of paint as the stairs were painted at one point in ...
1
vote
2answers
706 views

Stair skirt board protruding from wall by ~1/4" - can I use a belt sander to sand it down?

I'm doing my own stairs remod - long story short, I'm regretting it. It looked deceptively easy, but I've regretted it and I have a bunch of little errors that are adding up. One such mistake is that ...
0
votes
1answer
2k views

Removing a glued down wood stair tread

I have a wooden stair tread glued down to a ply wood stair frame. The miter cut on the step was just not done right, it would take too much caulk and I've decided to replace it. I thought the poor ...
0
votes
1answer
117 views

Why would steps on a staircase not span the full width of the staircase?

I was looking at some new houses in this new subdivision in my area. The model home we looked at looked nice, had carpeting, lighting, etc. However, we noticed on this model (as well as a 2nd model ...
0
votes
2answers
103 views

Refurbishing the space underneath stairs

I'd like to refurbish the space underneath my stairs, unfortunately I neither recognise the materials that are currently there, nor know if I should replace them with something similar. So, as shown ...
1
vote
2answers
1k views

How do I find the angles for baseboard on an outside stair stringer?

I'm installing baseboard on the outside of a staircase in my home. The staircase doesn't have an open stringer, and the height of my baseboard has created a really interesting angle at the bottom of ...
0
votes
2answers
124 views

Stair riser templating when treads are already in

I've made a huge mistake. Got new treads / risers / skirt boards. The treads don't have a groove for the riser, it's a flush tread all around. Installed the risers (nailed in) then the treads (...
1
vote
3answers
10k views

What is the best sander to use on oak stair treads?

I'm about to start a stair refinishing project. The stairs are 100 years old, red oak. My plan is to stain treads and paint risers.. Question - what is the best sander to use on the treads? Is an ...
1
vote
2answers
1k views

Minimum height of step between two interior rooms

I'm trying to figure out the minimum safe (and code compliant) height of an interior step between a kitchen and mudroom. I'm pretty sure 7 3/4" is roughly the max height but is there a minimum height ...
8
votes
2answers
1k views

Structurally required? I-beam support under stair opening header

The stair opening into my basement is framed like this: A partition wall (non-load bearing) sits on top of the header. A square duct runs parallel to the header, and on the other side of this duct ...
0
votes
1answer
187 views

Attic ladder for tight space, little clearance [closed]

Overview Cozy (small!) wartime house ca. 1942. The cover to the attic is showing signs of wear, replacing the cover with a maple hatch would be easy. Who wants easy, though? Problem There isn't a ...
1
vote
1answer
616 views

Best way to cover stair using concrete retaining wall block

I have spent 3 days creating this stair and I still don't like to look. The reason is that I have tons of those retaining wall blocks so I have to use them all to create the stair. The first try was ...
2
votes
1answer
8k views

Composite deck stair overhang vs. flush

I am installing composite decking stair and I found there are two ways to do it: One inch overhang: Flush and show fascia edges: What are the pros and cons of each method? I tend to go with the ...
4
votes
2answers
1k views

Interpreting stair railing code

I am reading this document Looking at this line: (2) Stairways having less than four risers need not have handrails or stair railings. Is a fair interpretation that on stairs with more than ...
1
vote
1answer
6k views

What is code for stair treads and risers in Georgia

What are the codes in Georgia (the US state, not the country) regarding stair treads and risers in a townhome or condo? My daughter is looking to purchase and the stairs seem too steep. The condo was ...
0
votes
3answers
349 views

Can I glue two 1“ solid oak treads to make one 2” tread?

I am licensed floor contractor in the state of California. I am installing solid oak treads in open steps in stairs 2"x12"x43", because open steps over 39" wide must be over 1 1/2" thick. But, 2" ...
0
votes
2answers
2k views

How to stabilize a wooden lawn mower ramp over stairs?

I'd like to build a ramp for a lawn mower that is in the basement. The only way out is a set of stairs with a very little space to turn to them (that's why the ramp doesn't extend all the way to the ...
1
vote
0answers
1k views

Attach one-step to ground level deck

I want to do something like this photo but I don't know how to attach the one-step platform thing: I circled two areas that should be attached by nails (assuming 16d Common Nail). But the photo shows ...
0
votes
1answer
697 views

How should I secure spindles on a baserail without a groove?

I would like to replace a single piece metal spindle with wooden spindles, however, the metal is just screwed into the baserail, which does not have a groove. So I cannot follow instructions like ...
0
votes
2answers
246 views

Building stairs in congested area

I want to build stairs in rectangular area of 6 feet by 9 feet to reach ceiling which is 8 feet high above ground floor. Is it possible build such stairs? If yes, then what would be height of steps? ...
1
vote
2answers
123 views

stair intersection design ideas

I currently have some angled stairs going from my garage into the home. To the left of these stairs is a closet that I'm going to take out to allow more open space in the garage. Directly to the right ...
1
vote
1answer
948 views

how to fix gap in stone front steps

these are the steps on the front porch :$ what's the best way to fill the hole and put a stone in front so it doesn't show such a big gap? thanks for your help.
0
votes
1answer
559 views

How to support 1 corner of stair landing

We have a stair landing that is approx. 4 feet wide and 2 1/2 feet long. The 4 foot wide side rests on the outside concrete block wall. One inner corner appears to be held up by a 2x8 and 2x4, nailed ...
0
votes
2answers
440 views

How to mount floating loft stairs to the wall

I'm looking for a nice way to make a stairs for loft bed in the apartment. I definitely want to use space under stairs for storage but I don't want to use all space. I like an idea shown here (...
0
votes
2answers
253 views

Replace Banister Rod?

We have a broken banister spindle (see pics). What's the best way to fix this? Do I have to take it apart? Or is there a trick to this that I'm not aware of?
1
vote
1answer
1k views

What can I do about 100-year-old stairs that are pulling away from wall

100-year-old stairs pulling away from wall. And there is a little give.
1
vote
1answer
328 views

Concrete stairs substrate preparation and layering

I need to pour small stair entry into my basement, about 4 steps and it is narrow, with a brick retention wall on both sides. I was going to first evenly grade and pack the dirt, then put gravel, ...
1
vote
3answers
2k views

How can I secure my spindles?

My house has 3 stories, and from the first floor to the second it has spindles. My issue with them is that they seem very rickety, and don't support any weight what so ever. Is it possible to ...
2
votes
3answers
294 views

What are the specifics I should be looking for in a quote to replace my concrete steps?

The front steps in front of my house are deteriorating. I am trying to get a contractor to replace the limestone slab steps with concrete. For example, enclosed is a picture of my estimate from 2016. ...
0
votes
1answer
2k views

Do you need skirt boards on the stairs?

My stairs are flush with the drywall right now. Will this cause me issues down the road?
0
votes
1answer
283 views

Where should I install skirt boards on my oak stairs?

I have had oak awaiting installation on my existing stairway for well over a year and will soon get to putting it in. The "experts" gave me (supposedly) all the necessary materials BUT I only have 1 ...