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Old 08-06-2016, 03:45 PM   #1
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How to repair these stairs


Hello all,

The corner step at the base of my carpeted stairway has a huge hole in it. Although it is carpeted over you can very clearly feel the hole when you step on it. The rest of the stairs are very squeaky as well and I'm considering pulling all the carpet off and refinishing them, but first I need to know how to address this giant hole!

The tread here appears to be about 1" thick, I don't know what kind of wood it is.

Assuming I want these stairs to look nice if I ever remove the carpet (in other words, don't just fill the void with something and hope the carpet hides it), what is the best way to approach this repair? What tools and materials will be needed? I am fairly handy with standard household repairs but stairs are completely new to me.

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Remove what's there and install 3/4 plywood or Better yet Advantec.
There will be "refinishing" what's under the carpet.
The old treads and riser would need to be replaced.
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do you have access from underneath?
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Hi joecaption, thanks for the reply. I'd prefer not to use plywood, just in case I do decide to remove the carpet (and assuming the rest of the stairs can be refinished). What kind of board(s) should I use for the new tread? The stair treads I found at local home improvement stores are rounded on one edge, so that would work for the front but not for the whole step, right?

Hi TimPa, thanks for the reply as well. Unfortunately there is no access from behind or below without removing a wall.
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if it were me, I would attempt to remove the front (bullnosed) piece, as well as the cobbled joint boards, leaving the back triangle. then obtain stock the same thickness, and fit the pieces back in without a gap. you could use the front piece as a template, or re-use it even. I would use glue and biscuits for the joints.
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I would remove it, oscillating saw is a must for getting under the baseboard and such. Deck it by insetting the ply between the frames. Now you can use whatever flooring you want and not change the riser heights. Before you finish, find out how and what the rest of the treads are made out of. If you can't use t&g strip flooring, you may want to use biscuits for the edge and glue down the whole thing. Start from inside.
But since not decided, if you use any spacer at this point, don't glue it down.
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Use plywood, screw it down so it can be removed later if you ever redo the stairs.
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Looks like old pine or something... nothing you would normally finish to leave exposed.

If you are wanting to finish the entire stair well then you could do it in maple or some other wood. If you are talking about just replacing the bottom step, then you could also use maple, otherwise use particle board 3/4 " and you may need to brace under, then carpet over.

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