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How do you achieve this stairway 'chaser' effect with an LED light strip?

Here is a gif showing it in action, once the motion is detected, the strip slowly lights up directionally from bottom to top, how is this achieved? I can't seem to find how this is done: Looping GIF ...
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Can you build a retaining wall vertically with no angle?

I am planning to redo our front steps in stone and my plan is to essentially have two stone walls on each side of the steps coming down from the entrance. For appearances it would be definitely ideal ...
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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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What's the best way to attach timber cleats to stair stringers?

I'm using 2x4 timber cleats to support the treads for a set of stairs going up to a deck. The stringers are 2x10 and both the stringers and 2x4 are pressure treated pine. What would be the best size ...
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Can stair stringers overhang landing?

I'm building a new set of stairs up to a deck. The concrete landing for the stairs is less than 3 feet wide and has a fence along the opposite side from the stairs. I basically have 2 options that ...
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Black dots on wooden stair treads, can't sand them away

I am quite a beginner as far as diy is concerned and I'm in the process of refurbishing the old wooden stairs in our new house. Never done that before. It was carpeted so I removed it and there were ...
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How do I treat a recently sanded pine staircase?

I want to restore our Victorian staircase, going from a drabby flattened 1960s beige carpet, to a fully sanded, restored looking staircase, with painted risers, stained treads and a runner down the ...
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Converting closed tread stairs to open tread stairs

hopefully I'm using the right term. It might be called closed stringer stairs to open stringer (on one side). Please correct me so that I know the correct term for this. I also refer to it as "cut-...
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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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Can I sand and re-varnish a flawed area on my staircase?

I have a new staircase that's gone in, and I've happily stained and varnished it. Now I have a problem. It appears that on the handrail that was varnished, some of the adhesive from tape that was ...
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US residential stair railing code: What is the requirement for terminating an open railing?

We're trying to pick out railings for our house. Our stairs are going to have an open side and we want to use a modern railing system such as this one: You can find plenty of similar images for ...
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How do I silence a creaking wooden spiral staircase?

We have a spiral staircase with 14 closed wooden steps. Most steps creak when you put your weight on them (or take it off). The noise intensity depends on where exactly on the step you stand. How ...
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How to effectively and efficiently remove varnish from wood

I have been restoring an old staircase. I started sanding it with fine sandpaper and then tried rougher paper. It seems that the varnish layer on the wood is melting when sanding over it and sticking ...
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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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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 slope outdoor rounded steps?

I'm having a debate with my contractor about sloping our outdoor stairs. I hope to have 1% slope because we get a lot of rain. But because the steps are rounded, my contractor says the difficulties ...
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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 to and tight against the foundation. Should I pull down the stairs, frame the wall, hang drywall, ...
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How can I stain dark Sapele wood to reduce red tone?

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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How to prep spruce treads for staining

I ripped out carpet for my stairs and there's 2X6 spruce wood underneath. It's in pretty rough shape. Had lots of staples. Some paint. Some spilt varnish. My question is are these stairs ...
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Remove support under the interior stairs

Hi I’m putting storage space under my interior stairs. The area I want to open up has a piece of timber right in the middle. I’m hoping some one can tell me if it can be removed? Pic1-Purple is 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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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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Make stairs that don't require a handrail

Looking at some building codes and it seems that if I do 3 steps and then a 3 foot landing, then another 3 steps and another 3 foot landing, repeating this pattern I don't need any railing. Is this ...
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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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How to trim between wood floor and circular opening for spiral stairs

I recently replaced the carpet in my attic with a floating mdf backed engineered hardwood floor. the attic has a circular opening in the floor for a spiral staircase. The face of the opening is 3/8" ...
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How to repaint old spindles

I hired contractors and they recommended using tremclad semi gloss to repaint my stairs but unfortunately it's leaving a really ugly look. They are saying it's because there's urethane on the spindles,...
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How can I rerun cables along stairs where a wall is being removed?

I want to partially take down the wall that currently serves as my staircase handrail. I will replace that portion of the wall with a cable rail. . The picture above was taken while the house was ...
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Where can I find parts for attic pulldown stairs?

I need two rollers replaced in my attic loft pull down staircase - the big ones on the picture. These drums have tension spring inside that helps to pull the stairs up and down. The mechanism is ...
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What to do with risers when they aren't great quality

I'm trying to give my stairs a facelift. I've removed carpet and this is what's left. My original intention was to stain. But it doesn't look like that's gonna be possible. My question is what ...
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R302.7 Under-Stair Protection - does drywall need to be below stringers or just treads and risers?

I am finishing a room in my basement, and a wall will butt up against where the stairs are. I'm planning on making a small door to access the volume below the stairs for a small storage area. The ...
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Ideas on how to fix a void at the bottom edge of my concrete steps?

I was recently pulling weeds and I noticed that there is a hole at the bottom of my concrete stoop. I'm not quite sure on how to address it. I'm pretty handy so I'm sure that this can be tackled ...
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How can I make my hard stone entrance staircase softer and more kid friendly?

I live on the top floor of 3 storey housing unit. When you walk into our house, you are immediately faced with a staircase that takes you up to the third floor. The stairs are made of stone slabs ...
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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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How can I extend a concrete step without repouring?

Two rooms in my house are connected with a set of concrete steps (one tread). As built, the ledge for the first step is inline with the wall framing. This means that when I add drywall the finished ...
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How should I finish and protect outdoor wooden steps?

My house has a wooden staircase leading up to the front door. It gets a lot of traffic and is uncovered, so its exposed to New England winters. This means snow, ice, ice-melt, sand, shoveling, etc.. ...
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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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Can someone help me identify this spiral staircase system?

I am thinking of buying this spiral staircase to use to get to our loft, but was curious if any of you could identify the type of staircase that it is. What is pictured is the section that sits on ...
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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 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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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 to fix gap between carpet and wall to prevent rodent?

Our condo is located in a forest/mountain area and we have suffered some rodent issues lately. We have two stories, and bedrooms are located downstairs. As I sleep at night, I often hear sound of ...
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Can I use regular pine lumber as a stair tread cover?

I'd like to use knotty pine boards as stair tread covers instead of actual tread covers. The tread covers I've seen are 1" or 2" wide pieces fit together to make a board, I'm guessing this is done to ...
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Nails sticking out of balusters

Recently purchased a house and noticed some nails sticking out of the balusters on a staircase. They are pretty sharp so I'm worried about someone stepping up brushing their foot up against it. What ...
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PT vs hemlock for garden stair treads

I’m building a set of outdoor stairs down a 14 foot drop over 60 feet. I’m going to use 6x6 as the front edge treads and then backfill. This means the wood will be in contact with the ground. I am ...
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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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