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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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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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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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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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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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Attaching treads to stringers when building deck stairs

I have deck stairs with 2x10 treads attached to 2x10 stringers with 2x4 cleats. Should I also screw the treads in from outside the stringer? If so what fastener should I use.
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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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How should I reattach laminate stair treads to eliminate movement and noise?

I apologize if the terminology is off for the components of a staircase. Please correct me in comments and I'll update the question. My home has laminate stair treads that were fastened down with ...
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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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Light required at bottom of L-shaped stairs or is on landing only sufficient?

I have a L-shaped stairway with connecting landing going from my ground floor to my to-be-finished basement. There are 11 risers going down to the landing, then a 90-degree turn to the left, then 5 ...
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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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Filling gaps between staircase and plaster wall

I purchased a home that was a two family converted to single. Brick veneer on the outside and block inside. I have been assured by two structural engineers that I have no foundational issues. I have a ...
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What is the role of this telescopic pole-looking item in the ceiling?

I've recently viewed a property and done a first pass at the work that will need doing. But, I noticed this in the ceiling of the stairwell and I'm not entirely sure of a few things: What exactly is ...
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Proper Install of Iron Handrail outside

I have a question installing a iron handrail for some stairs outside of my house. I don't have a wide enough walk way to surface mount the handrail to the level surface of the stairs and walk way so I ...
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loose newel post with some type of plate underneath, how to tighten

I have a newel post with a plate underneath, see attached picture. It is wobbly. I have tried using pocket screws to secure the post, however they get stuck at what I believe to be this plate. What is ...
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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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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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what is the height regulation for an exterior balustrade/handrail in france?

What is the regulation height of an exterior balustrade or handrail in France? We are installing a staircase and the height is being questioned.
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Sistering stingers to convert stairs from closed to open stinger

I have a set of existing closed stringer stairs with a full wall on the left and half wall on the right. I am looking to remove the full wall and modify both sides of the stairs to an open style. I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Floating 2-Stringer open stairs: construction technique for suspending treads

I am in the process of starting a new home build. I am doing some of the work and I am contracting out a lot of the work. There are two staircases in the plans. Both are double stringer, no center ...
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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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Engineered wood on staircase

I understand that I need to use both glue and nails for the engineered wood flooring to not fall off the stairs, but how do I hide the nails? Also which glue and nails are best to use?
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How to keep the ground from settling when building outdoor stairs on muddy ground

I need to install stairs to handle a six foot drop in a very muddy backyard - the stairs themselves seem easy (currently leaning towards railroad ties) but how can I make sure that the stairs don't ...
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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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How can I mate a stair skirt flush with the drywall below?

Any ideas on making this flush?
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Latex or oil paint for interior stairs

Which would be better on interior stairs (they are bare wood right now). Oil or Latex based paint? I should also point out that there are nail heads showing that I can't sink because they are not ...
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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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Removing/cutting beam beneath half-landing stairs

I have half-landing stairs which go up 7 steps, around a flat bit, then up another 7 steps. The second portion of the steps is at the back of one of the downstairs rooms, and is currently boxed-in, ...
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Ideas for Door Opening that is 1 foot above adjoining room

I am renovating and add-on room at my house. The room is a converted outdoor patio which has concrete slab for flooring. In order to add a bathroom (toilet & drop-in shower combo), the decision ...
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Stair newel post broken

Newel post at the top of the stairs was extremely wobbly so I took it upon myself to check it out. After taking a better look I have come to find out that not the post itself is broken, but the ...
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DIY cable railing corner post configuration?

Using Steeltek pipe fittings to create a corner railing over a half lower level. My plan was to have the uprights and top & bottom rails made from the galvanized pipe & fittings and use cable ...
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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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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 ...
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Can I make my bulkhead stairs steeper and still be up to code?

The bottom few steps of my bulkhead stairs go beyond the wall of the basement. The problem is I would like to put a door in my basement at the bottom of the stairs. To do this I would either have to ...
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Putting up posters in hard to reach places

I'd like to place posters in a hard to reach spot in my home. The posters are pretty sturdy. They're glossy prints on thick cardstock paper. I'd like to place them up along a tall wall, except that ...
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Concrete porches pulling away from home and cracking

I have an 1940'sish home with old concrete porches (x3) they are cracking, chipping, and pulling away from the home. Would I be able to repair them? If not could I build a deck over them (wooden)? I ...