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Old 03-21-2012, 04:03 PM   #1
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I am remodeling my basement stairs.

I am replacing the treads with oak, and rises with fiberboard (painted white).

When it comes to do the baseboard up the sides, rather than cutting them to fit around every riser/tread, it seems like it would be faster to just use a long stretch of white wood than I can slide between the wall and risers/treads at the same angle as the stairs, with the edges trimmed to the correct angle...


Is there a reason why other people don't do it this way that I'm not seeing?

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Old 03-21-2012, 05:12 PM   #2
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it depends on the stair and how it was built.. the correct way is to install a 2x4 to the inside stringer which will create a space between the stringer for drywall to fit down in behind and the same for a skirt board.. if this carriage isnt done then the stringer is hard to the wall.. which makes it much harder to install a skirtboard even more so if the treads are already on

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The skirt board goes in before the risers and treads. If the stairs are framed correct they will be a space between the wall and stringer for the skirt to slide down into.
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Probably most people do not have a space to insert a board. This is a newer method of installing stairs with a spacer between the wall studs and stringers. My guess is that you have a newer house. I install skirt boards this way all the time. It is however, not the "best" way, which is much more complicated. If you start at bottom each one you install may spread the skirt boards so it creates a gap at the end in the one before I would suggest installing a couple of the treads in the middle of the stairs first because the pressure will bow the walls just slightly so the remainder may not.
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every professional stair installer i know starts at the bottom and works his way up.. if anything the tread and riser get cut slightly smaller than the space then the skirt board gets shims behind it to tighten up the joint
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Yeah woodwork, I should have mentioned temporary in the middle to put pressure on the skirts. Then I take them out so I can nail the risers to the back of the treads. Sometimes I wonder if there is a limit on how long a message can be. I hate it when I am still typing but the computer has stopped in the middle of a word
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it turns out that not only do I have a 3/4" space between the stringer and drywall, but also there is a sloped piece of wood running at the bottom of that space....

So I have been able to slide some board in there, and it is already at the perfect angle to the stairs!

The space was previously filled with expanding foam. Not sure why because the old treads were extra wide and covered over it (so they were flush with the walls without baseboard) - its not like rodents could have got in.
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btw my house was built in 1990, so not too new.
It's north of Nashville
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it turns out that not only do I have a 3/4" space between the stringer and drywall, but also there is a sloped piece of wood running at the bottom of that space....

So I have been able to slide some board in there, and it is already at the perfect angle to the stairs!

The space was previously filled with expanding foam. Not sure why because the old treads were extra wide and covered over it (so they were flush with the walls without baseboard) - its not like rodents could have got in.
jeh, that is a 2X4 spacer nailed to the stringer for the very purpose of installing sheet rock and a skirt board, be sure to clean out any trash that might be in there or the skirt won't set down all the way.
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i ran my compressor blower along there and then my shop-vac!

thanks for the tips y'all

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