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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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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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Looking for advice repairing granite stair tiles

Jack gave a great answer and I've upvoted it, but I'd rather see you use a polyurethane construction adhesive, which is made for a job like this, instead of a silicone caulk. I've seen silicone caulk ...
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How do I stop curved stairs from squeaking with no underside access?

Pocket-screwing along the risers to the upper and lower treads may help stop the squeaks, if you use enough pocket screws. If the treads and risers can pry apart enough to insert construction glue ...
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Why are my new wooden treads narrower than the original carpeted treads?

The house was built when the code allowed a 9" run with a minimum of a 3/4" overhang (9 3/4" tread) and I believe and a maximum overhang of 1 1/4" (10 1/4" total tread depth)....
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How to add 3/4" hardwood flooring to stairs that have stair nose?

If you are not opposed to cutting off the existing nose, it would be the best solution. Since you are adding 3/4" outward to the riser that would even the stair tread depth back to the original ...
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How do I stop curved stairs from squeaking with no underside access?

You could try squeak-no-more screws...they snap off under the surface of the wood leaving a small hole. But you still have to screw into structure. https://www.amazon.com/OBerry-Enterprises-3233-...
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How do I stop curved stairs from squeaking with no underside access?

An age-old idea for squeaky floorboards is squirt talcum powder where the offending pieces of wood meet. Never tried it, but it seems like a good, cheap, first move, before resorting to any other ...
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How can I fasten wooden stair treads to porcelain tile on concrete?

IRC R311.7.5.1 specifies that the difference between the largest and smallest riser in a flight of stairs shall be 3/8" (9.5mm) or less. If your applicable code isn't based on that, it still very ...
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Is this amount of wobble in my newel post acceptable?

Code requires the assembly to handle a 200 lb side load. It looks like the installer needs to finish, so when he does show back up to do so, if possible, before he finishes, explain your doubt, and ...
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How to add 3/4" hardwood flooring to stairs that have stair nose?

Either solution would seem to be viable, but removing the nosings is probably the more precise way to do it, and it's probably quicker. It's unlikely that a uniform 3/4" board will bring the ...
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How can I deal with a short bottom step on a stairwell?

Old question but surprised this suggestion isn't there. Without seeing the layout of the rest of the room, you can possibly add a landing. For example extend the second step and turn it into a ...
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Looking for advice repairing granite stair tiles

That would be one of the places I would use silicone caulk, a full bed of it after the excess roughness from the old bond is cleaned up. This should or could be done with a right angle grinder with a ...
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Adding an Interior door on bottom of stairs

You have no room or options to have it at the bottom of the stairs. There must be a landing area before a door - that is code. You can have a door at the top of the stairs but obviously that ...
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How do I fix these wooden stairs?

There’s nothing much holding that stair up! I wouldn’t put any weight on it, if I could help it, until the entire staircase is repaired or replaced. It’s already fallen quite a bit, and is about to ...
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How to drill holes into stone steps to install iron railing?

Those appear to be slate of some sort. Slate fractures/splits/delaminates rather easily, so I would suggest using a diamond core drill to smoothly bore a hole rather than a typical masonry bit and ...
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Will 2x10 boards span 44" as stair treads?

If the pressure treated lumber is incised (with tiny little slits to allow the chemicals to penetrate the wood), then pressure treatment reduces the wood's bending strength by 20%. My understanding is ...
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Does LVP flooring on stairs need nailing?

Bottom line LVP flooring and the accessories that go with them should not be nailed. Because of the material make-up of LVP, nails will fracture the core damaging the product. If it needs to be ...
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Fixing a wooden stair railing connection that came loose

This is a tough situation since you'd be in for a pound if you went in for a penny. Everything is interconnected and somewhat land-locked, so to speak. Given that you probably don't want to pull any ...
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Stairwell paint is pulling away from the moulding, do you just caulk and paint or should I do something else?

If the stairway and wall are actually moving away from one another you should definitely do something else. Figure out why. Fix that. If the staircase was built with a gap there and it was just ...
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How do I fix these wooden stairs?

Use of a car jack, or acro-prop, depending how high the step is. Jack up the offending tread, level with the routed slot. Drill through the stringer, with holes wider than the screws you'll screw ...
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Stair Railing came apart

The pic is hard to decern details from. I would try to drill some small 1/16" pilot holes from the left side to allow a couple of Trim Screws to be installed that would intersect the flat face ...
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Fixing a wooden stair railing connection that came loose

What you are looking for is called a rail bolt connector. It's sold at hardware stores. It's normally used to connect rails to newel posts. It has a lag bolt on one end and a carriage bolt at the ...
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Bannister: fix akimbo short top part

With the short piece rotated out of position (as in the photos) drill a hole down, through the metal part and then rotate the short wooden piece back into position. If necessary, drill a smaller ...
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Half open half closed stair railing

Stair handrails should be continuous, without interruptions. You could have a partial rail from the landing up to the wall to satisfy requirements for the left side and have one, continuous rail up ...
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How far should a handrail extend beyond the contact point with the post (interior stairs)?

As far as I know, none. The handrail needs to return to the wall/post to avoid a catching hazard. This is specified in IRC (2014?) 311.7.8.2: Ends shall return to wall or terminate in newel post or ...
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Under stair room expansion

I can't say for sure. Off-hand, I would think it is for the drywall. If it really was for support, I would expect the stud to be directly under the middle stringer to provide direct bearing weight, ...
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Slanted Stairs Structural Issue?

Not an expert, but to me that certainly looks like settling. If so first step is to stop that, usually by installing laly columns (at least in my area). Those can sometimes slowly be extended to lift ...
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How can I fasten wooden stair treads to porcelain tile on concrete?

Heavy duty construction adhesive will do the job, assuming that the tile is all well bonded. Use a 3/8" (8mm) bead in a zigzag or grid pattern and hit the perimeter well. I'd be concerned about ...
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How do I fix unsightly sides of wooden stairs?

Remove any loose caulk, Use painters tape (blue stuff) to tape off the edges of the stair tread. Be sure to continue over the bullnose front. The tape will give you a nice straight caulk line and ...
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