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Old 02-22-2012, 03:01 PM   #31
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So, in essence what they've done on my stairs would be similar to that of a boxed staircase, in that the entire 2x12 retains its rigidity. Just instead of routing out areas for the treads and risers, the attached a piece of external wood to do that?

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Yeah. Did you know that the sheet metal on early automobiles was "welded" together by hammering on the joints till they fused together? No one would do that today, no matter how cool it is.
Or pay for it.
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So, in essence what they've done on my stairs would be similar to that of a boxed staircase, in that the entire 2x12 retains its rigidity. Just instead of routing out areas for the treads and risers, the attached a piece of external wood to do that?
Yeah, sounds like it. And it's legal, as far as I understand it.
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So, in essence what they've done on my stairs would be similar to that of a boxed staircase, in that the entire 2x12 retains its rigidity. Just instead of routing out areas for the treads and risers, the attached a piece of external wood to do that?
Before I read this post I finally got it, that is exactly what they did. Instead of mortising in the 2X12 they cut stringers out of 1X12 and nailed to the 2X12, same difference as mortising just cheating and not as time consuming or craftsman like.

I have built several of the stairs with mortised in treads and risers but not this way. The down side of doing it this way would be not being able to use the wedges that are used in a full mortise to keep the squeaks out. The riser will hold the tread rigid all the way across and with the 2X12 stringers as you have it will be stronger, like Willie said, as you have the full 2X12.
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I am a framer from Canada. Your stairs are built fine. A 2"x4" down the middle of the stair parallel to your stringers would give plenty of strength as backing for the drywall or 2"x4"s on flat perpindicular to the stringers and toenailed to the stringers.
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I have built several of the stairs with mortised in treads and risers but not this way. The down side of doing it this way would be not being able to use the wedges that are used in a full mortise to keep the squeaks out. .
I'm guessing that's where the construction adhesive comes in? Probably not as permanent as a mechanical wedge, but probably not likely to let go in the next few decades.
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I'm guessing that's where the construction adhesive comes in? Probably not as permanent as a mechanical wedge, but probably not likely to let go in the next few decades.
If your construction adhesive is as strong as the one I used you would have to tear the treads up in pieces, it was just that strong.

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