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Old 07-22-2012, 08:57 PM   #16
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Mistake...start with 5/16" shims on the 3rd tread

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Old 07-22-2012, 09:06 PM   #17
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My thoughts were add 1" to each step. Middle risers remain at 7-1/2". First tread height is bumped up to 7-1/2" (5-1/2" + 1" shim + 1" Tread). Top step will end up at 7-3/4" (9" - 1" shim - 1" Tread + 3/4" hardwood flooring). Is 1/4" variance within code in most areas?

I'm sold, risers first. The new treads are 11-1/2" deep, stringer tread cut-outs are approx 9-1/2".

So buy a 2X10 of something and cut 1" shims? I would assume I want the shims to be the full length of the stringer cut-outs, correct?
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Old 07-22-2012, 09:16 PM   #18
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Sorry disregard those two previous posts the info is incorrect.
You need to start at the bottom, and gradually make the shims larger as you go up. You need to gain 1-1/4" at the top. If you target a 7-1/2" rise and you add a 1" shim to the first tread, then you can add 1/16" to each shim as you go up and you should be fine.so second shim will be 1-1/16",third shim will be 1-1/8" and so on till you reach the top
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Old 07-22-2012, 09:27 PM   #19
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Yes, I would rip them out of any 2x stock. Yes, always riser first. Treads will be ripped to 10-3/4" which will leave 1-1/4" overhang.make sure the risers are straight, so when the treads butt them there will be no gap. Keep a straight edge handy. You can easily shim the risers from the back before treads are installed. If the three stringers are not all in line there could be a lot of shimming.

I usually run the risers to the drywall before putting in the skirt. The skirt is cut to the face of each riser and the to the bottom of each tread. Doing it this way allows you to shim the riser from behind to pull it tight to the skirt, as opposed to just butting into it.
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It would be ok to make them all 1", and have the top step a 1/4" taller right?

Don't I need to rip the treads at 10" (this accounts for the 3/4" riser)?

Interesting idea with the skirt board. Seems like more work, but will have to think about that one.
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It would be ok to make them all 1", and have the top step a 1/4" taller right?

Don't I need to rip the treads at 10" (this accounts for the 3/4" riser)?

Interesting idea with the skirt board. Seems like more work, but will have to think about that one.
But there is a riser at the back of the tread and another under the front edge of the tread which will take up an additional 3/4 inch of over hang. If you subtract 3/4 at the back of the tread cut and an add 3/4 inch back at the front you still have the same length, you are taking 3/4 inch away then adding it back.
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Ahh Yes, of course. Thanks all for the help.

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