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Old 10-22-2009, 08:16 PM   #1
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Basement Stair Fininshing Advice / Skirt Board

Hi all first post. I am in the process of finishing my basement, and would like to finish my stairs. Ideally add a skirt board, and carpet. I am struggling with the best method to do this. My existing stairs do not have a gap on either side to insert a skirt board, should I take down my stairs, trim 2 inches off each tread and reassemble and put back up? Or should I Cut / notch the skirt board to fit (stairs are not perfect) Any advice would help. Thanks K2
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Old 10-23-2009, 08:48 AM   #2
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I'm no carpenter but two thoughts:
1. Current stair treads have a fairly sharp edge at the step edge. Might cause wear-through on carpeting over time. You could install risers on the face of each stair with a rounded edge to fix this issue as well as give you a riser.
2. Potential problem with suggestion 1 above is tread might be too narrow once you add on the riser; someone on here or elsewhere can give you proper tread/riser dimensions.


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