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Old 03-29-2011, 10:34 PM   #1
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Working on a project and any help would be great! Im redoing a carpeted stair case! I choose the route of replacing the treads and risers with pine!Ive measured and cut each piece! And have stained and polyed them and they turned out great! So my first question is the top step is an inch and a half higher due to a subfloor and new wood flooring so whats the best way to shim up the risers to graduate the difference? And whats the best way to install the treads nails and liquid nails? or screws? And do I need to drill pilot holes! And how to match the putty to fill the holes? Again any help would be great!

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What made you decide on pine as the material for the treads?



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I went with something to stain to match the floor! Is pine bad?
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It seems to me that pine is much too soft a wood to be used as a floor or tread surface.

There are particularly hard pines but kind of rare and I think quite expensive.

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funny... the VERY FIRST THING I see when I open the "How To Guides" section is...

Do not post questions in this sub-forum!!!!

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I am afraid you may have caused yourself some extra work due to the order in which you performed the work.

I would say that screwing the stair treads would be the best way, but the counter sink holes will cause you some trouble as the treads are already finished, buy some doweling and make the countersink holes deep enough to dowel them, or just use doweling and glue. You will have to stain and finish these, and it will be difficult to match what you have already done.

I think the biggest job you have created is the adjustments you have caused yourself by increasing the subfloor height. I am not real sure how you will change this, do the stair treads sit on the rails or has there been a relief cut into the side of the rail?

Hopefully for you they sit on top, otherwise you may have to rebuild the whole thing.

Post some pictures of the subfloor and stair rails.

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Edit - Pine is a soft wood and when used for stair treads is usually under carpet, as it marks far too easily.
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Edit - Pine is a soft wood and when used for stair treads is usually under carpet, as it marks far too easily.
Except antique heart pine.
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Except antique heart pine.
I guess you would have to be of the same era of that pine to know about it........, good call

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Thanks for the input! The added floor hieght was already done before i moved in!Just not sure how to correct the problem!
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And yes the treads do sit on top of the rails
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What is the step with the greatest differential? and what is the measurement.

I believe code recommends that a deviation from stair riser to riser can't exceed 1/4" and a riser can not exceed 8".

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the steps are 7 and 3/4 in height then the top step is 9 and 1/8 there are 6 steps I was wondering if I graduate each step a 1/4 to make the top step almost the same?
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Thats about all you can do short of rebuilding the entire strair case.

Fire up the ole table saw ans start cutting!

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It would take longer to do and be considerably worse than just ripping out a 7 riser stair and doing it right. This kind of thing is how we end up with building inspectors.

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