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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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Identifying wood type of broken stair treads and installing new risers

We have wooden basement stairs that are probably 20+ years old and several of the treads are starting to split down the middle (underneath) lengthwise. I'm debating replacing the cracked ones or just ...
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Old oak stairs nail squeak - removing nails

Stairs in a 100 year old house are squeaking, and I'm looking for a way to repair it. The squeak comes from a single nail that is connecting the tread and the riser, vertically, in the middle. There ...
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Remove scratches from bluestone steps

I have some scratches on my front entry bluestone steps. I tried to remove them by brushing with water but they don’t seem to go. Picture Attached (blue stone with white scratches) Any advice how I ...
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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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How can I protect white risers (and oak treads) when using a hand truck on stairs?

After replacing the old carpeted stairs in our condo with oak treads and painted white risers, I now need to move a few large / heavy pieces of furniture from the first floor to the second, or vice ...
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Exterior coating for concrete treads [closed]

I have some exterior concrete stairs that were finished poorly. The treads are back-sloped and pools sit consistently on the treads in the fall/winter. I am having the tread surfaces ground down so ...
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What is the most cost-effective way to reduce sound coming up my staircase?

We bought a two-story house with a fairly open-plan staircase. See below: My desk sits right by the top of the stairs, and a lot of sounds echo up the stairs from the kitchen. Since we are work-from-...
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How can I stain dark Sapele wood to reduce red tone? [closed]

I have installed stair treads in Sapele (dark wood with definite reddish tinge) but now realize this clashes badly with the coffee coloured bamboo floor and the oak doors of the hallway where the ...
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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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Open Riser Stairs / Removing carpeting and converting to hardwood [closed]

We have a staircase from the first floor to the second floor. The stairs are open riser, with the treads wrapped in carpet. The reach a landing and then transition to closed risers. Some treads are ...
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Which type of material should I use to fill in gaps below the trim in unfinished stairs to basement

These are the stairs to the basement and the basement is somewhat finished with LVP. Not sure whether the previous owner considered this as finished stairs, definitely not to me. I am trying to clean ...
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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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Rotating a staircase and making a new landing. How do I support it

I am looking to rotate this staircase. Instead of descending in a southerly direction, I would like them to descend to the east. To do that my plan is to make the top step (step 5) into a landing and ...
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How to replace a first step or landing?

Just moved into a new (to us) house and one curve of the bottom step was falling apart. I would like to replace the bottom two steps with plain steps like the rest of the staircase. I’m hoping to get ...
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Tips on how to install laminate over existing flooring

Currently I'm at the point where my laminate reaches the stair nosing and I'm unsure what to do. [![enter image description here][2]][2] I have a stair nosing piece but I'm finding that it's awkward ...
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Gap between wall and stair treads

I decided to pull the carpet off one of my stairs to see what was hiding under there. Ideally I'd like to paint them (I don't think they are real wood) but there are gaps on both sides...how do I go ...
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How to repair masonry porch riser

I usually enter and exit my home through the garage, but the other day I was by my front porch and noticed the riser was cracked and loose. The part in the image also flexes when you push on it. Is ...
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How can I safely replace a light fixture above a stairwell?

In my 1911 home, there is a stairwell that has a 180 degree turn with a landing, and there is a light fixture directly overhead (centered over the railing) that I would like to replace with a pendant ...
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Steel stair stringer size

trying to design a straight stair run using steel tubes as stringers. total run = 10'-0". total rise is 8'-8", width 3'-0". Support is only at each end. yes these are steeper than ...
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Is there a way to mount a crystal ball on a stair post finial?

I would like to make my own design finials for the bottom and top posts that hold my stair banister. I found 4-1/2" crystal balls that I would like to mount on top of a wooden plate that goes on top ...
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How can I neaten up the corner between stairs and wall

We had wooden stairs installed, but did not have any frame installed beforehand. We’d like to make this look better. Looking for ideas and suggestions.
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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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How to finish step between two levels with vinyl planks

I am hoping you can give me your opinions/suggestions/recommendations on how I should handle the finishing the step up to another level. I recently ripped up carpet and put vinyl plank boards down on ...
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Filling gap between drywall and stairs

I have a large gap between my drywall and stairs - my question is, how much of a gap is acceptable for carpet to be applied on the stairs? I have about a 1-1x1/8 inch gap between the stair edge and ...
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Building Steps Up to Code? First Time Attempting Steps

I recently built a paver patio and the existing porchsteps that were removed during the process no longer fit. I am attempting to research building a new set of steps and my head is spinning with how ...
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Fix or remove stair landing

I’m installing laminate floors in my basement. On the landing prior to my basement floor the landing was not level with the bottom stair, so I removed it to see how I could raise it. The person who ...
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How-Where should I end this partial skirt-board at the stair? (I have more wood to re-cut a new piece if need be)

Stairs into basement I'm not sure how the skirt-board should mate into the base molding? (Is this correct?) And most important, where should I end the vertical cut from the stair nose (see arrow ...
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Converting open riser staircase to closed

My staircase has open risers, and metal riser bars between the treads. I can only fit a few millimeters between the riser bar and the tread. Would 3mm plywood work as a riser or am I better off ...
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How can I level and secure retaining wall steps?

We have some retaining wall steps that are in dire need of repair. We would like to re-level some of them and re-adhere all of the cap stones so they no longer rock. Is it possible to create a ...
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How to (re)support basement stair stringers?

Recently I had some waterproofing done on my basement. This included removing some concrete that anchored/lifted the stringer's supports so that old concrete could be removed and new stuff poured (see ...
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Do I need to rip 1/4 of an inch off of my 2x8s to build box steps

I'm building box steps to go between the upper and lower portion of my deck. The total height difference from surface to surface is 24 inches. I'm planning to build the box out of 2x8s and use decking ...
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Should I make my two steps have the same rise or keep one closer to a typical height?

I have a 10-1/2" rise outside from my concrete patio to my deck. Should I put in one step at the halfway point or a shorter step with a 3" rise with the 2nd step being 7-1/2"?
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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 to best measure the inside gap of stairs

I’ve purchased sone pre-molded stair caps with integrated flooring to match my basement. They are expensive and i need to ensure I make the right cut. I’ve been struggling to accurately measure this ...
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Stair header going through cabinets

Recently purchased a house and I am hoping to swap out the old cabinets for IKEA. I discovered this inconvenience (see photos). Any idea as to how to work around this? Ideally I want to remove it and ...
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Any US building codes about a door opening into a hallway near a stairway?

A while ago I changed a door out from my tiny bathroom so that it opens outside of the bathroom and into the hallway. It looks attractive and provides a great deal more room in the bathroom making it ...
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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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Is it better to do convert builder provided carpet stairs to hardwood yourself, or have the builder do it from the start (e.g. for townhome)?

Title should summarize the question. I have heard that in general it is good to have certain troublesome things done by your builder from the start, depending on factors like lest you have to damage ...
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How should I treat outdoor wooden stairs to preserve them?

I plan to replace outdoor wooden stair planks. They are exposed to Florida heat and rain. I planned to paint them brown so they match their peers. However, do they need any other treatment so that ...
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adding and removing studs to stairs for support

I would like to remove the purple section so I may walk under the stairs. Behind that purple section has open space that I have to crawl under to get too. The red markings is the stairs behind the ...
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load bearing stair components

I've just opened up the under stair area with a plan to convert into storage. Can anyone tell me what parts A and E are doing in the following images? They don't appear to be load bearing to me. I ...
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Stairs - material being used

We are having a 2 story house built. On the majority of our stairs, it is not possible to use real wood due to the size of the stairs being over 12 inches wide. The builders have used different ...
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Should I remove padding on laminate flooring before gluing it to steps?

I have some laminate flooring that I'm installing on a few steps that lead into my sunk-floor family room. The flooring is intended for a floating installing, but I know that on steps I have to glue ...
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How to make Handrail Transitions with Rotation?

We removed the old handrail that was not up to code and didn't reach the first step of the stairs as required. We have a traditional guardrail installed on one side and we are having difficulties ...
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Notches in newel post of new staircase - what are they for, and how can I improve the appearance?

I have a newly installed winding staircase in my house as part of a loft extension. The newel posts have notches in them, as shown in the pictures. My first question is: why are the notches there? I’...
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How can I create a platform on my stairs strong enough to support a ladder?

I live in a two-story condo and need to reach a spot on the wall high above my staircase to do some handy work. A ladder is the only way I can do this (I am stating this explicitly in order to avoid ...
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Do I need to replace this eneven stair skirts to level it?

I am starting to work on the stairs that lead to my basement, I noticed that the right side skirt board is unevenly installed. It sticks out 1.4 inches in the beginning and then slowly packed inside, ...
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Calculating Stair Strings - Is 7.92" Too High of a Rise for Patio Stairs?

I'm adding steps from a house down to a patio and am trying to build the stringers: 23.75" Total Rise 12x2 nominal lumber for the stringers. Total of 4 stringers @ 48" wide .92" ...

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