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Old 12-28-2009, 08:22 PM   #1
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How can I replace the treads and risers on the staircase. They seem to go under the stringers on the sides. I am not sure how to loosen this to put in a new tread and riser.
Also, the staircase is unlevel. It slopes to the right as it goes up.
Are these DIY jobs, or is this better left to a pro?

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Old 12-28-2009, 09:05 PM   #2
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You may not be able to without removing the entire staircase. The treads and risers could be dado into the stringers.

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Old 12-28-2009, 09:29 PM   #3
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Any way to find out if this is the case without cutting one to see?
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Old 12-29-2009, 02:20 PM   #5
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Or the skirt board was installed as an afterthought. Either way, you'll have to cut them to get them out...
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Old 12-29-2009, 07:02 PM   #6
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Can you see the under side of the treads?
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Old 12-29-2009, 07:09 PM   #7
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Yes, I removed the covering today to get a better look. I will send photos soon.
Also, I put up anoher post about straightening the staircase, any ideas?
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Old 12-29-2009, 07:32 PM   #8
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that looks like a prefab stair system which means the treads are let into the carriage. I am suprised they wrack that much if they are prefab. Check the floor at start of stairs and nosing at top for level. If they are pre fab you can clip the nails between carriage and wall on low side and if the drywall is behind the carriage you can probably jack the one side
You will probably need to remove the trim on top of carriage

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is the first tread and nosing at top out this much?
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Old 12-29-2009, 08:49 PM   #10
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Judging by the 1910 base, skirt board and original light switch- push button, I'd think that stair wall is dropped that much. Put a level on the floor across the top floor at the stairs to see if the whole floor slopes.
Then check the pathway along the wall base from the stairs for down-stairs floor level.

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good catch gary i agree

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