Replacing Carpet on Stairway with Wood
I want to replace the carpet on my stairway. The problem I have is that on the bannister side of the stairs, there is already a portion that is made of wood.
I have now determined that this wood is red oak. But, the wood is only 1/2" higher than the plywood, over which the carpet was nailed/stapled.
On the internet, I heard of something called "replacement treads". These are treads that take advantage of the plywood that is already in place. The treads are 1/2" thick, which would match the edge strip of wood.
I have only found one site that sells 1/2" thick treads. Are there others?
I thought I saw, on the internet, reference to replacement treads at Home Depot. Today I stopped at a Home Depot, but the wood-floor-guy didn't know anything about this. I haven't found anything about it on their web site.
1) Buy 1 each replacement tread and riser.
2) Buy a small piece of red oak to try out different stains to match the existing wood underneath the bannister.
3) Dry install the replacement tread and riser to see if they fit, and what sawing, if any, I have to do to get them to fit. Note: The existing plywood has an slight overhang so that the carpet somewhat matches the bull nose on the existing wood underneath the bannister.
4) Purchase the remaining replacement treads and riser, stain as determined.
5) Install same.
1) Anyone know where I can find "replacement treads", i.e., treads that are only 1/2" thick instead of the usual 3/4" or thicker treads?
2) I'm thinking of using a stud finder to find the stringers under the plywood, so that I can fasten the treads/riser to the stills. Thoughts?
3) From what I read on this forum, I should screw and glue the treads/risers. Right?
4) I'll fill the screw holes with oak plugs from the store.
Thanks for looking at this.
PS: Is there any way to add photos to these posts?