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Old 03-24-2013, 08:53 PM   #31
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"Converting" carpeted stairs to hardwood stairs.


With that being said, should I be using AC plywood or dimensional lumber for the new riser faces?
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"Converting" carpeted stairs to hardwood stairs.


If your going to be painting them just use paint grade wood. Doesn't really matter what you use if that's the case.
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"Converting" carpeted stairs to hardwood stairs.


Any comments on the proper way to do this?


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"Converting" carpeted stairs to hardwood stairs.


Shoot, I edited by accident.
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"Converting" carpeted stairs to hardwood stairs.


Been a last busy couple of weeks, had to take a break. After some thinking, the top answer is obviously correct so I don't show a seam.

What is the best way to attach the new riser faces? Liquid Nails and some 15 ga nails? Wood glue? Screws?
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"Converting" carpeted stairs to hardwood stairs.


Maybe I'm not seeing you right but here goes...I would remove all the treads and risers and clean up the stringers. Then I would buy new stringers and mount them inside the ones already there. I would buy them longer than I needed and cut them to the right length for height and equal step distribution thru-out the rise. Screw them to the existing stringers. Add any framing behind them if needed. Attach the risers and treads you want for use and finish as you please. The only thing is you would still be able to see the old stringers so if they are repairable clean up and sand them before installing the new stringers. That's how it looks to me. Additionally I might cut my own stringers and adapt for the rate of rise, maybe add or remove a step to make the stairs as "normal" for use and as standardized as possible.

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"Converting" carpeted stairs to hardwood stairs.


Still not sure I'm getting what you want to do but I'll give it another try. Since you want to save money and reuse what is already there and it is a rental property why not just sand the treads you have and refinish them as a distressed wood. You could finish in a light stain to match the flooring you already put in. Some people beat the wood with chains and other things to even out the distressed look. I imagine you want the lower stairs done the same way and this would be the cheapest and simplest way. I own rental property and quality of materials is dependent on the type tenant and rental rate you are vying for. High rent properties have quality finishes while low rent properties with the types of people that can afford to live there who don't take care like a high rent tenant does. Try refinishing one tread to see if it will look good enough for the property as it is rented.
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