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Old 09-13-2013, 11:02 PM   #1
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I NEED to cut a piece of staircase stringer out!


We are converting this valuable under staircase closet hallway space into a pantry accessible through the kitchen by moving the door. we want the pantry door to go left of the fridge, (fridge is being pushed in to the pantry space as well, framed in by the 2 sets of 2X4's in the pic.) BUT the door runs right into our stair stringer! we only need about 5" across and 4" down cut out of this area, but im sure it would compromise the integrity of the stairs,,, right?? is there a way we can cut the little piece out and reinforce with something small (L bracket??) we could cut the top corner of the door, but it is not a good height for normal people then...
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Old 09-14-2013, 01:19 AM   #2
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sorry I would not be even thinking of cutting that. what you want and what you have are two different things sorry your plans are not going to happen unless you want to redo the stairs and build it the way it needs to. Just my advice. But hey your home.

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sorry I would not be even thinking of cutting that. what you want and what you have are two different things sorry your plans are not going to happen unless you want to redo the stairs and build it the way it needs to. Just my advice. But hey your home.
I agree, it will weaken the stairs way too much.
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Old 09-14-2013, 04:50 AM   #4
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A simple steel bracket would not do.
However, if you live near a steel fabricator, get them to cut a sheet of 1/8th or 3/16th steel plate approximately to the shape shown.
Screw or bolt it to the stringer.
The cut seems to be fairly near the top of the flight so the bending stress in the stringer will be low.
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Old 09-14-2013, 07:06 AM   #5
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Cutting the door and building a custom jamb is the only way I would do it. Too many safety issues with notching the stringer IMO.
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the only way i could making something remotely work would be to skip the stringer idea and put cleats on the walls. and up the thickness of the tread stock to 1 1/2"
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that bracket would work. but if it were mine, i would also have some angle iron welded to the notched area.
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Please, rotate your pictures first BEFORE posting them.

Why are you wanting to cut it? For a pantry door or the refrigerator?

If it's the entry door then what about just framing out the wall a bit and keeping a rectangular door? Then just leave the bit of diagonal behind it. We'll be doing that for an upstairs closet under some attic stairs. From the outside it looks normal, but inside there's a small diagonal of the riser.

And what is that along the top of the opening? A joist, but only nailed the side of what looks like a post? Why does it not have lumber under it, supporting it from below?

I would not cut out the stringer.
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Tony G. posted the solution for you. I would make the plate thicker, a bit longer and use PL Premium adhesive in addition to lags. Make sure all other connection points are secure.
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THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE REPLIES!

I am going to go with the fabricated plate answer i think. I live in houston, so i shouldn't have any trouble finding the metal shop.
IF I were to put a rectangular door on in front of the stringer and keep the lower hanging bit of stringer as wkearney99 suggested, would that be against any doorway, ceiling, or pantry entry height codes?? I hope no one over 5'8" buys the house...
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