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Old 12-28-2013, 09:50 AM   #1
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Middle stair stringer question


I have a set of 36" wide steps that have three stringers. It looks like someone rebuilt the steps but reused the original outside stringers. The two outside stringers appear to be 2x10s but the new middle stringer is a 2x12. The staircase is very sturdy and looking from underneath looks like they used liquid nail at every seam.

That being said, there is very little head room underneath the stairs leading to the basement I am 5'10" and I have to slightly such when I reach the bottom of the basement stairs. My father has suggested making a line along the 2x12 and ripping 1.5" to 2" of the bottom of the middle stringer. I am hesitant to do this because I don't know how it will affect the strength of the board and/or the staircase. Any thoughts/advice would be appreciated.

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#1, They all should have been 2 X 12"'s.
A notch that deep in a 2 X 10 is going to leave almost nothing for strength.
Got a picture?
There was supposed to be 6' 8" of head room to meet code.

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Attached is a picture. The highest point in the entire basement is only about 6'2". It is more of a cellar but we have our laundry "room" down there and other storage.


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#1, They all should have been 2 X 12"'s.
A notch that deep in a 2 X 10 is going to leave almost nothing for strength.
Got a picture?
There was supposed to be 6' 8" of head room to meet code.
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No do not rip the center stringer down, like Joe said, it would be too weak.
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