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Old 10-01-2013, 09:47 AM   #1
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Hi All.

I have removed the carpet and the 10 zillions staples from my stairs.
I applied some pink paint/stain remover, scraped that gunk off and now have sanded with 60 grit.

Here's my issues...(don't worry, my issues will just be about the stairs), I noticed when I stand at the top, I can see there is a traffic discoloration on the treads. How do I remove this or can I? Maybe I didn't sand well enough? I will try to upload a pic.

Second issue is the top step squeaks...How do I fix that?
I am assuming that there is a 'stringer running down the middle underneath the stairs, but I don't see any nails.....

Okay, let me try to figure out how to upload pics on this forum.


Here's another issue. The gap between the stringer and the where the banister will be installed.



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Send pictures as there are multiple styles of steps and framing for those steps which could alter how to address the squeaking. Out of curiosity, what type of wood was under the stairs? just whatever the builder put in?

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Thanks for the reply Dengle.

I can't see under the stairs as it is sheetrocked underneath.
The house was built in 64. The stair tread is 34inches wide. Besides he pics I posted, do you need a close up pic?

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You may not have a center stringer, those look like mortised stringers. The reason some stairs squeak is the wedges that tighten the treads to the stringers work loose or shrink. The way to tighten them up is from underneath which I believe you said had sheet rock on it. I have built many stairs but never have done the staining or finishing on any so the pro painters here will have to deal with that.
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I guess the best thing to do is open the sheetrock under the stairs.
It's a closet under the stairs, so not that big a deal to open the sheetrock.
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Those treds look like oak. The carpet protected the wood from fading from UV light exposure. Over time the darker wood may fade to match the rest of it.
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Those treds look like oak. The carpet protected the wood from fading from UV light exposure. Over time the darker wood may fade to match the rest of it.
So, then, don't bother to try and sand the tread traffic part anymore? The house wa built in 64and I m pretty sure for at least the last 25years the stairs have had carpet.

Anyway any ideas about the gap between the stringer and the piece if wood where the banister will b installed
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So, then, don't bother to try and sand the tread traffic part anymore? The house wa built in 64and I m pretty sure for at least the last 25years the stairs have had carpet.

Anyway any ideas about the gap between the stringer and the piece if wood where the banister will b installed
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Thanks for the reply Dengle.

I can't see under the stairs as it is sheetrocked underneath.
The house was built in 64. The stair tread is 34inches wide. Besides he pics I posted, do you need a close up pic?

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Apologies, I was using the mobile app and it didn't display the pictures!

I have the same style with that gap. It was caulked and painted over before I started redoing my stairs. I'll most likely do the same or may use some very fine trim to fill it it depending on how ambitious I'm feeling

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