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Old 07-04-2012, 07:57 PM   #1
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Advice if stairs will self support?

I have a finished basement which is accessed by stairs which have a finished sheetrock wall on one side as shown in picture. I would like to build a finished storage area under the stairs which will require the removal of the 2 x 4 studs that hold the sheetrock face. The stair treads are routed into the sides of 1 x 12s which are secured with wedges (see pic).

My question is if the stair construction can be self supporting if the 2 x 4 framing is removed? The stair construction seems to have been built with good quality methods (late 70's construction) and typically I thought stairs would be built without the reliance on vertical framing to maintain it's safe useage.

Thanks for your advice.

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Old 07-04-2012, 08:39 PM   #2
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The 2 X's where there just to hold up the sheet rock.
If your going to open up that area 5/8 sheetrock will need to be installed under the stringers to meet code.


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Old 07-05-2012, 04:16 PM   #3
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Thanks Joe for the advice. So 1x 12 stringers are adequate to supporting the stairs by themselves. Most basement stairs that i've seen (i'm not a builder) were more often 2 x something stringers. That's good and yes i plan to sheet rock the opened up area.

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