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Old 01-26-2014, 11:09 AM   #1
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Hello,
Thanks for all your help in advance

Currently we are redoing our stairs. They were initially open stairs that were completely carpeted with iron balusters

We wanted to close them up and use false treads on both ends of each real tread, then place carpet in the middle that would end up being flush with the false treads

Due to the nature of the stairs the risers needed to be in the front of the real treads and thus the tread could not overhang the new riser. There is a squared edge as seen in the pic

Our thought was to add a bullnose piece to the end of squared edge so that carpet would be able to flow over. I was told by the carpet guy that we cannot add this piece as it is likely to break. What he would like to do is place 1/2" plywood on top of the riser (thus making it flush with the false treads on the size) that would overhand the tread and then put carpet on top. This would mean that the carpet would not be flush with the false treads but be thicker (possibly an inch when accounting for the padding)

Other people have told us that with glue and nails that bullnose piece will not possibly break. Certainly they sell bullnose additional pieces for this very reason I think. So the questions are, can we use these pieces and will they hold up over time.

If any one has any suggestions or experience with this, your help would be much appreciated.

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Old 01-26-2014, 12:35 PM   #2
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Your picture did not post making your post difficult to follow. However the carpet guy is right. That added on bullnose piece will probably break off unless it was clamped properly which will be tough to do now with just nails. Please add picture and I could help you better

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Old 01-26-2014, 10:36 PM   #3
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sorry about that. This is the current pic.
We had wanted to get the "inset" carpet look as opposed to the look of a runner going over a complete tread.

Our options at this point would be 1) 1/2" plywood to lay on top of the middle portion and overhang the riser, thus simulating a "carpet runner look" since the top of the tread will be flush between the plywood and side false treads.

2) complete the tread with similar material as the false treads. This would be just like adding a new tread (would have been better to make that decision beforehand so that we could stain the whole tread before placing the runner) or

3) continue with the "inset" carpet design by gluing and screwing a thin piece in the front of the tread/riser square junction and having the carpet guy lay full carpet and padding over it (hopefully making all carpet and false tread flush)
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Old 01-26-2014, 11:48 PM   #4
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Using a router cut a lip on the front of the tread and install the nosing on the lip. With the noising resting on the ledge that you route, glued well and nailed or screwed it shouldn't break off.
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Old 01-28-2014, 11:29 PM   #5
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I agree with BigJim about how to make this work........as long as there's enough wood thickness to keep everything solid after using the router.

But If it was me doing it I'd pull them apart and do it right......install the riser under the step and back from the edge so you end up with 1" to 1 1/4" nosing.
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