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Old 01-20-2009, 11:22 AM   #1
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I am in a 3 floor condo built in 1984. The stairways are super cheap, they come loose all the time. I repaired the first to second floor ones because I could get to the underside of the stair case. The second to third floor stairs have sheet rock covering the underside. So my question is, is there a way to repair from the top or am I looking at a sheet rock job?
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Old 01-20-2009, 02:50 PM   #2
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Sheetrock repair if you go from the bottom, or carpet repair if you go from the top. You could try running screws in through the carpet to help stabilize the treads. Don't know if that will help your specific problem....

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Old 01-20-2009, 03:54 PM   #3
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Im replacing the carpet any way, so top not a problem but what about if the shims are loose, any super secret way of doing this without removing sheet rock? Maybe some type of bracket?
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I see your from Conn., so most likely the stairs are built within closed carriages, Correct. or are that cut stringers. If your repairing them often I'm thinking they are closed stringers ( boxed stairs) with glue wedges for the treads and risers. the majority of the times when I repaired these type of stairs the side stringers seem to spread apart and the glue wedges loosen up and fall out. If this is your scenario, then you will need to pull the side stringers tight to the risers and treads, this could be done with installing shims between the studs and the stringers then reinstalling the glue wedges, banging them tight to bring the threads up tight in there mortise. and the same to the riser. then installing four screws into the back of the riser into the thread. another way wood be to install some threaded rod every three feet under the stairs pulling the stringers tight to the threads. Ill try to post a picture of the type of stairs I'm talking about. Your best bet is to remove the sheet rock and fix them for good. Good lugk and I hope this helps. BOB
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It does thanks, Guess I know what I ll be doing with my vacation.
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