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Old 12-03-2010, 08:03 AM   #1
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Trouble with Stair skirt board. Need Advice and help. PIC!!


I have another post going about installing treads and this is part of the same project. I have everything mapped out as to how I want it but can not figure out one part or side of the skirt board running up the stairs. The stairs are narrow and turn. The only part I am stuck on is one side of the skirt. As you can see in the pic, the fourth step is almost pie shaped where it turns which is throwing off the alignment of the skirt on the top of the photo.

How is the best way to do this skirtboard? I want it to look real good too. That is the only section I can't figure out.

Any help, tips or advice would be great. I want to tackle this project this weekend.

This is the only pic I could find and it is looking down from the top.

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Old 12-03-2010, 08:08 AM   #2
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Old 12-03-2010, 08:46 AM   #3
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I don't understand what you want to do. The picture shows the skirt board about the same all the way up. I can only suggest making your skirt board taller. One thing I did notice is the stairs would not pass code in Tennessee, the line of ascent is too narrow.
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Old 12-03-2010, 09:17 AM   #4
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Thats the way it was originally built. I am just replacing the treads and skirtboard so i shouldn't have any issues with code, right? Inspectors have been in a few times already and have said nothing.

The skirt board won't lay straight down because the angle is different on that fourth step. I want to make it look uniform and professional. It would have to be a lot higher to make the pitch.

Any suggestions?
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Old 12-03-2010, 09:38 AM   #5
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Any time tread width changes you get a pitch change. You need to make a skirt easing to maintain more consistent nosing reveals.
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Hey Keith Mathewson,

what is the best way to do that? Or what exactly do you mean? New to this and sometimes it takes a little more fo rme to understand. Sorry
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On the tread that starts from the corner, put in a straight piece of skirting, then continue down the rest of the way with the same pitch as the rest of the skirting
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I think that might do it...
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Hmm. Looked at it a little further when I got home. So from the bottom, I can hit the 1st, 2nd, third, and forth tread ok (aligned) before the fifth is way off. If I start from the corner with a straight piece will that look ok?

Would you draw a line up hitting those first threads, and then after the curve (top steps) draw a line and then at that corner point connect the upper line and go straight over until you hit the line coming up from the first four steps? Is that what you mean? That fifth step will still be off alot then. Will it look A-ok?

Also what is a standard space from the tread bullnose to the top of the skirt? an inch or two, then the molding.

Open for all the input as possible, that id the only piece I am stuck on and I am getting close....

I really appreciate the help on this one guys!!
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If I start from the corner with a straight piece will that look ok? YES

Would you draw a line up hitting those first threads, and then after the curve (top steps) draw a line and then at that corner point connect the upper line and go straight over until you hit the line coming up from the first four steps? Is that what you mean? That fifth step will still be off alot then. Will it look A-ok? YES

Also what is a standard space from the tread bullnose to the top of the skirt? an inch or two, then the molding. 2 or 3"
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There are a couple of ways to do this. The way most commonly done is one that I personally don't like. I really don't care for skirt or rail that jumps around with miters. The alternative is a more work and may be outside of the diy range. However if you want to attempt it make marks on the wall above the nosings for whatever reveal you want- 2" or so. Then take a piece of 1/4"x1/4" hardwood a few feet long and flex it to come close, but not rigidly close to the marks. You are fairing the curve. Trace the curve onto the wall, stand back and see if you like the curve. You may have to modify the curve in a couple of places until the curve is fair. Once you have a fair curve work the skirtboard with jigsaw and spokeshave until it matches the drawings.

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