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Suitable ladder for reaching stair well above corner stairs

The stair blocks the feet of the ladder, so they can't slip towards the back.
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Should I make my two steps have the same rise or keep one closer to a typical height?

Steps should always have uniform rise. In fact, codes require it (to within 3/8" maximum total variance per IIRC). Our brains expect that the step following the first will be about the same, and ...
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How do I repair my stair bannister?

Those wooden circles are plugs that will pry out of the holes in the balusters. Under that would be a pre-drilled hole for a screw (typically). I would have never used nails on this in the first ...
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Is this stair rise to code?

That doesn’t meet code, and is flat-out dangerous. The simplest fix is to lift the entire stringer assembly and raise the grade at the bottom. Or take it apart and do it right from the outset. I ...
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Is is safe to use LED strips that shine onto stair risers instead of directly onto treads?

I really like the way your mock-up looks! Additionally, as one whose eyes are extra sensitive to bright light, I would significantly prefer that to having any chance of light shining directly into my ...
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Dwelling code imposition on landscape stairs

TL;DR Put in the Handrail and Be Happy It Isn't Worse A handrail is clearly a good idea on a steep set of stairs like that. If it was only 2 or 3 steps, no big deal. If the steps were each much longer ...
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How can I bend plywood around a stair riser?

Just about any type of plywood can be bent by cutting slots on the hidden side that leave both clearance for the bend and enough uncut wood on the front to support it. I once made some speaker ...
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Should I make my two steps have the same rise or keep one closer to a typical height?

Make every single rise absolutely identical, period. Video of people consistently tripping on NYC subway stairs which have a single non-uniform risen step I would test to see if 2 x 5.25 inch rises ...
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New home with gaps in stairs

Those look like temporary steps to me. For carpeting you usually see 1-1/8" bullnose particle board treads and 1x8 or 3/4" plywood risers. Rarely is two-by lumber left as a final product, as it's ...
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Interpreting stair railing code

No. It's all or nothing. Imagine a visually-impaired person (or someone in the dark) coming down your stairs and the rail ends. What's the assumption? That they've reached the bottom. That can end ...
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How to support a turn in a staircase?

Dog-Leg stairs Structurally, the flights of a dog-leg stair are usually supported by the half-landing, which spans the adjoining flank walls. Image: Bill Bradley. CC by SA 3.0 In this arrangement,...
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How can I bend plywood around a stair riser?

There are plywood products made for radius situations. Bendy plywood and Wacky Wood are a few names it goes by. Options are available from several manufacturers like Radius-bending Plywood or Flexi ...
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How do you make outdoor wooden stairs less slippery in winter?

There are a few approaches available. You've already described one of them: add a grippy tread on top of the wood. Another approach is to mix sand in to the next layer of wood finish that you paint on,...
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New home with gaps in stairs

I would also say those look like temporary stairs, but lets ignore that for the moment. You correctly observe that there are gaps on every stair between the tread and riser and the photos show that ...
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Refinish or replace an old staircase

Sand and Paint Veneer or replace treads - that's a lot of work. Carpet - relatively easy - but you said you don't want that. Don't try to sand and stain - the level of sanding will be much more than ...
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How can I bend plywood around a stair riser?

Take some 1/4 inch plywood, and, with a circular saw, cut vertical slices in the back side ~3/16 inch deep, every half or quarter inch or so in the area where the bend is. This may give you enough ...
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How do I fix these wooden stairs?

Notwithstanding other opinions, here, this seems to be only faintly bad. (Not "rebuild this whole staircase!" Not in a million years.) Yes, the tread has lost its wedge and fallen out of the ...
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Why don't I see more progress when sanding my stair treads?

A vibrating or oscillating sander isn't going to be aggressive enough for that job. It's really only suitable for light finish sanding. You need something that spins, or at least something with a ...
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Is is safe to use LED strips that shine onto stair risers instead of directly onto treads?

I don't see any problem with mounting them in that way. Effectively you just use them as indirect lighting. They still provide some illumination to the steps themselves, just at lower intensity. Just ...
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Is is safe to use LED strips that shine onto stair risers instead of directly onto treads?

It's a bit 'form over function'. It's the kind of lighting bars trying to look 'cool' use & which three drunks a night fall down, because they can't figure out where to step. Would it not be ...
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Can the bottom stair have a different height than the rest in GA?

The maximum rise of steps is 8”. The maximum difference between risers is 3/8” from smallest to largest, as @Jack says. (See ICC R311.5.3.1) A handrail is required if there are 4 or more risers. ...
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How do you make outdoor wooden stairs less slippery in winter?

The problem comes from the high gloss wood preservative. I imagine the steps would be slippery if just wet. Sand the treads just to knock off the gloss. Then apply a Matte finish with some sand ...
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Should painted stair treads be stripped before repainting?

You don't need to strip to bare wood for painting. You do need to sand well enough that old paint lines are gone. They will make an appearance in your fresh coat, otherwise. This will likely expose ...
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How can I reduce creaking sound in 100 year old stairs?

From comments, as it appears the staircase was constructed from underneath, then that's where you have to be to fix it. The slots were likely a retrofit to enable carpet to be run in one piece, ...
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Is this stair rise to code?

Yes, it counts as a rise. You need to have the steps redone if you want to be code compliant. Looks like your top step is ~3" low. You need to make new stringers with the rise being ~3/4" ...
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How can I repair treads on an open staircase which have been cut off flush on the ends?

What appears* to have happened, is that someone removed the finish carpentry that dressed the end grain of the stair treads and also sealed up the rough joints where the spindles meet. There also ...
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Why does the riser go before tread when installing hardwood on stairs?

The riser is installed first for the reason that you want a nice tight fit along the top of the riser to the tread above it. There is always the possibility that there is a small variation in the ...
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Is is safe to use LED strips that shine onto stair risers instead of directly onto treads?

For someone who is partially sighted and doesn't have depth perception, it may easily look as though the lighted riser is the part you are supposed to step on. Do you remember those optical illusions ...
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Suitable ladder for reaching stair well above corner stairs

The accepted answer qualifies as "simplest" for sure. For those of us who view the hardware store as our "toy store," Get one of those combo/multiposition ladders. Extend one ...
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How do you make outdoor wooden stairs less slippery in winter?

There are a number of wooden bridges in a nearby park.The local council has secured some chunky plastic mesh to the tread areas using galvanised staples, and its far less slippery now. I've also seen ...
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