We are starting this kind of project, too. We had a uneven and unstable transition from the upper landing and first step at the at the top of the carpeted steps of the house when we bought it but didn't notice it. I took a fall and suffered a broken wrist from it.
We replaced our downstairs living room floors with laminate and love them, so we want to replace the upper landing/captain's walk with laminate and have been advised to do wood steps. We also have a small square landing for a turn 3 steps up from the bottom of the steps we'd like to match with the laminate. We would stain the new wood to match the laminate which is a "hickory" imitation. Any suggestions and or suppliers?
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I am in the same boat. Rough treads have to come out and 5/4 oak will go in. But I hate to drive nails through my new oak treads and think that adhesive -if done right- may suffice. Any opinions? If I need to use nails which? Are there ring shank finish nails? Or do I need to plug?