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Old 07-22-2011, 12:59 PM   #1
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Best way to fix a cracked step?


I have a staircase that is carpeted and the wood underneath it on the first step (the part you put your foot on) is cracked and squeaky when you step on it. I'm no good with carpentry, but I was looking for some advice on the best way to fix it and/or easiest. I couldn't find any threads on this so I thought I'd ask.

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A picture would help----Glue --Tight Bond or Elmers carpenter glue might work--

A picture will help.

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I have a staircase that is carpeted and the wood underneath it on the first step (the part you put your foot on) is cracked and squeaky when you step on it. I'm no good with carpentry, but I was looking for some advice on the best way to fix it and/or easiest. I couldn't find any threads on this so I thought I'd ask.

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You said “easiest“… You could try to running a couple of trim head screws through the carpet into the tread and stringer.

I’ve done this many times to quiet a squeak. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t but it’s worth a try if you don’t want to tear things apart.
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You said “easiest“… You could try to running a couple of trim head screws through the carpet into the tread and stringer.

I’ve done this many times to quiet a squeak. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t but it’s worth a try if you don’t want to tear things apart.
That sounds like its worth a shot. You'll have to forgive me, I tried looking up what tread and stringer is and I'm not really sure where the screws would go. Could you be kind enough to explain that? Thanks!
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The treads are what you walk on the stringers are the framing the treads are attached to.

As mentioned post a picture of what you have.

Some stairs in older houses used oak for both treads and stringers. Oak is extremely hard and would make the screw trick more difficult.
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Simple stair part definitions:

Tread--the part you walk on--also called a step.

Stringer---the zig zag shaped piece of wood on either side of a staircase that the treads sit on (or in)

Open stringer--simplest type--2x12"" board cut for the treads and risers --treads and risers simply glued and nailed---basement stairs are almost always this type.

Closed stringer----This is a more complicated stair---there are grooves cut into the sides of the stringer using a router----the treads and risers are slipped into the grooves from below and held in place with wood wedges and glue.

Tightening up a staircase like this must be done from the underside of the staircase.

Risers: the upright piece of wood between the treads---you kick this with your toe if you are clumsy.

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