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Old 01-08-2012, 10:35 PM   #1
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How do i fix the gaps on either side of the stairs? I think the original owner intended for carpet to be laid. Gaps are up to 1 inch. Treads and risers are nailed and glued. This is not new construction.



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Old 01-08-2012, 10:43 PM   #2
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If this is new constrution the gaps are there for sheetrock and the skirt boards to fit into. The treads that are there now should be what's called constrution treads. There just rough treads for workers to be able to get up and down on.
If this is an older house there should be no gaps there. What do the treads look like, just plywood or OSB?

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If this is new constrution the gaps are there for sheetrock and the skirt boards to fit into. The treads that are there now should be what's called constrution treads. There just rough treads for workers to be able to get up and down on.
They are permanent as they're glued.

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Are the stairs supposed to be finished or are they going to do more to them?
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Are the stairs supposed to be finished or are they going to do more to them?
The op thinks the original plan called for carpet.

Are they in good shape, the bull-noses not all busted up?
What are you going to finish then with? Are you going to have a skirt
board? The gap should cover, with something, shouldn't they?

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I would like to finish the stairs, but need to close off those gaps. Stair material is in good shape just stained from use. Its a high traffic area so im thinking something durable with good traction.
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I would like to finish the stairs, but need to close off those gaps. Stair material is in good shape just stained from use. Its a high traffic area so im thinking something durable with good traction.
Like what?? Wood? Rubber? Metal? Paint?

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Add wood skirt boards on either side--then a cap molding---
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Not trying to add to your post Mike, just trying to add a step to make it easyer to do, I'd finish the drywall , prime and paint it, then add the skirt board.
What may have happened is this was a preassembled stair unit that was just dropped into place.
This is some pictures to show what a skirt board in place should look like.
http://www.stairsupplies.com/eng/com...ls?project=913

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Add wood skirt boards on either side--then a cap molding---
I agree but the space looks a little wide for a 1X12, you may need to install the 1X12 and shim it tight against the stairs then install a run of maybe base cap on top of the skirt to hide the gap. I wish you had had the picture up when you made the original post.
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How come nobody else is asking how she plans on finishing the stairs? Anything you do, except paint, can cover the gap.

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How do i fix the gaps on either side of the stairs? I think the original owner intended for carpet to be laid. (quote)

Your right but by there post carpet is not what there looking for.
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If anyone didn't go back and look, here is a picture of the stairs the OP posted later.


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If anyone didn't go back and look, here is a picture of the stairs the OP posted later.
So by finish, they mean leave them as they are.
If it's a 1" gap, I guess a skirt board over 1/4" ply.

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Because of the traffic it recieves I was thinking about finishing it off with truck bed liner. I have already considered a skirt board however the gaps are not consistant. If the suggestion is to trim all the risers and treads what saw would i use to do so? And it seems it would be tedious.

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