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Why don't I see more progress when sanding my stair treads?

Doing some DIY around the house, any suggestions would greatly help. I want to refinish my indoor steps and railing(sand and repaint) When i am trying to sand the steps its very hard to sand it, ...
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Attempting to install new stair treads and risers

I have the stairs prepped, but I noticed that the risers and the treads that are there already are not square. Do i use shims to square up the risers and treads or is there another way? Do I stain the ...
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What is the typical lifespan of exterior wooden stairs [closed]

I'm on the HOA of a small community, and we are looking at replacing the wooden stairways that lead up to our front entrances. They are only about 13 years old, but the wood is getting cracked and ...
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Replacing stair risers: three issues

These stair risers had an unattractive tile on them so I removed it. I have three issues I need to address: I need to get the tile residue off. I'm thinking paint stripper will do the job here I ...
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SPF core stair treads

Is it durable/applicable if I make a 3" tick stair treads out of dry construction 2x12 lumber as 1½" core glued to ¾" hardwood (red oak or finer spicy) all way around? What will be the ...
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Does open stairs between basement and main living cost extra electricity bill?

Does with No door or open stairs between basement and main living lead extra electricity bill, specially in winter, even though entire basement is finished and well insulated ? We want to have open ...
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What to do about a cracked stair when I can't find how the stair is held in place?

I've got an old house from the 1950 or so, and it's got these old stairs that go up to the attic; they don't appear to be nailed in or anything (unless the nails are really small). Well the other day ...
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Changing Stair Rise After Landing Replacement

We recently replaced our upstairs flooring from carpet to hardwood floors. After leveling the upstairs floor and installing the new flooring, the upstairs landing is now 1 3/8" higher leaving a ...
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How should I build up stair stringers (instead of cutting them out)?

I'm thinking of building a stair stringer using a 2x6 and reclaimed wood triangles. How to fix the triangles on the base, long screws, nails?
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Angled step in staircase issue

We just moved into an townhouse in Santa Monica, CA and one of the steps going down to the laundry/garage is angled down 5% as opposed to being completely flat (as the rest of the steps are). It is ...
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Does every deck stair with stringers longer than 6 feet need mid-span support?

I have read that cut stair stringers longer than 6 feet in length require mid-span support. Solid stringers seem to be able to get to about 13 feet without support. So how do you combine these two ...
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Building a one or two step staircase in garage of awkward total rise

I am curious what your recommendations are for building a set of garage steps in my situation. I am wanting to replace the step in my garage which is an 8" movable hollow cement block. The ...
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How can I repair a gap between drywall and stairs?

I have a 110-year character home and the stairs going to my finished basement needs some attention. Specifically, where the drywall meets the stairs, the material is cracking and flaking away and ...
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Stair case shoerail minimum width and extending width of closed stringer

Hopefully a quick question for someone. I have a closed stair stringer that used to be embedded in a non load bearing wall that has been removed leaving only the ~1 1/2" stair stringer remaining....
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Gap between floor, wall and stair

We recently purchased a resale house, which is about 25 years old. I just noticed there is a gap where the floor, wall and stair (leading to basement) meet. The gap seems pretty big (about 1 cm). This ...
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What’s the best type of durable caulk to use for stairs?

I just finished installing the treads and risers and need to caulk. I’m looking for the most durable caulk type - something that wont peel in a few years. I’ve been trying to research the best for ...
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Fix squeaking staircase

I am in the process of adding more storage area underneath a straight staircase. There was a single wall below the staircase that I removed to get more storage. After removing the studs for the wall, ...
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securing attic stairs to car port roof..or…?

is there a way to have attic stairs secured to edge of solid roof when access hole is in a tin roofed car port? No room in home so carport is only option..Of course, car port roof not strong enough to ...
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Converting to open stringer stairs with starting newel location contrained

We just recently purchased a new house that we are doing major renovation work to. One of the big changes we are making is converting the staircase from a closed drywall rail to an open tread style ...
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Pulling treads and risers back into position in a housed / closed stringer staircase

I recently moved into an 80+ year old house and am looking to fix up the main staircase. It seems to be the original (oak?) wood stair that is built using the closed / housed / mortised stringers that ...
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Best way to finish off this stair trim

Looking for ideas please on the best way to complete this trim. Do I run the 1/4 round to the floor and trim the baseboard to fit, or run the baseboard to the stairs and [somehow] match the 1/4 round ...
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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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How do I 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 away. Any advice on how to remove the scratches?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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