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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 (...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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" ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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? ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 (...
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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?
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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.
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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?
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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 ...
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Stair tread damage - repairable/replaceable? (photo)

The staircase had carpet, we want to remove the carpet and paint the stairs in their "wooden" state. On removing the carpet we have treads like this: We do not have access from "behind" the ...
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Oak stair landing joints splitting

We had stairs installed in August, but the landing oak seems to be splitting at its glued joint and looks unsightly. The fabricators have been out, tried to reinforce from below and filled the joints. ...
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Bullnose vs square edge stair treads

I've been looking around the internet, and I've seen quite a few stair renovations using common boards with a square edge rather than bull nose stair treads. Is there a difference between the two ...
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Building stairs: do I just put finished treads and risers on top of stringers? or do I use a layer of OSB first?

I'm going to rebuild a 6-step stairway in my house. Doing stringers calculations right now - but I'm not 100% sure if I supposed to use a layer of OSB on top of stringers prior to finished treads? ...
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Safe to remove entry stairwall?

We have a split entry that is minuscule with stairs heading either up or down and a tiny landing. I would like to remove the wall separating the up from the downstairs (it may be the only wall that ...
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Can I use a non-standard design for a stairwell ceiling cutout in an old house?

I am designing the framing for a stairwell in an 1870's cottage, which is presenting a few extra constraints. What seems to be the standard approach throws up a couple of additional issues, and I'm ...
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What's the best material to use to fill in a 1/2" gap between drywall and stairs?

The previous owner of our home had a shoddy job down on some stairs leading to a rec room carved out of some of the attic space. There are four stairs leading up to the room, and under each one is a ...
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Remove support under interior stairs

I'm looking to build a reading nook under some stairs but there currently seems to be a support structure of some kind that I would like to remove. I've tried finding if this setup is part of code or ...
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What is the proper way to prevent water infiltration between exterior stairs and wall

My house has a full flight of poured concrete stairs (covered with decorative stone) that runs parallel to (and butts up against) an exterior wall. The interior wall had water stains at the basebord, ...
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Framing a door ON stairs, 3 steps to landing?

I have to build a door frame on a staircase. Problem is, at the bottom of the staircase are already 3 doors on all the walls, so putting another door right at the bottom of the stairs (on the ...
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What is this landing/wrap-around feature on porch steps called.

What is this style or feature called? If it has a name...!
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How can I place treads on these stairs around a corner?

I have built the start of these stairs. It's a difficult concept for me to build stairs around a corner so I cut part of the deck so it wasn't an abrupt 90 degrees going into the stairs (which wouldn'...
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Concrete Steps Moving Away From House

I recently noticed that the steps on my front door appear to be moving away from my house. The gap is large enough that some small critters appear to be getting in the gap to setup a nice home for ...