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Old 09-13-2011, 09:41 PM   #1
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My basement is unfinished. When I walk down the stairways to the basement, I can see bottom of the stairways to the second floor.
I noticed that they have carefully screwed a long piece of 2x4 to the bottom edges of the stairways (please see the pictures).

It will be a nightmare to drywall around it..

Do you have any idea why it is there?
Can I remove it?
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maybe they did it to screw drywall to......

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Am I seeing plywood stair treads?
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Am I seeing plywood stair treads?
Risers are osb, treads are 1" ply; is that bad?
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maybe they did it to screw drywall to......
But why just one? please see this pic:
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I wonder if those stairs were built off site and that is part of the original shipping packaging. Just guessing.
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I wonder if those stairs were built off site and that is part of the original shipping packaging. Just guessing.
That's a good guess; I remember they brought in the stair as a whole set. They were not build onsite.
But why carefully screw it with two screws at all the edges, if it was just a temporary support?
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I think it could be for drywall but it could have also been for shipping.
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How wide are those stairs?

Everything I’m looking at is wrong and it has nothing to do with the 2x4 that has no reason to be there.

Those stairs would never pass here.
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How wide are those stairs?

Everything I’m looking at is wrong and it has nothing to do with the 2x4 that has no reason to be there.

Those stairs would never pass here.
They're 3'3" wide.
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Considering how shoddy it's built, it could easily be for rack control. There's not a lot to keep the stairs from collapsing, I wouldn't remove it. This would not pass inspection here. Besides the methodology used, the width is far too narrow.
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Considering how shoddy it's built, it could easily be for rack control. There's not a lot to keep the stairs from collapsing, I wouldn't remove it. This would not pass inspection here. Besides the methodology used, the width is far too narrow.
I'm from an area where everything was built on brick, mortar, concrete and steel. I do not have any experience with wooden stairs.
Do you mean they should have added more structural elements to the staircase?
I googled for stair constriction but they are mostly like what I have in the pictures. Obviously without that 2x4!
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I googled for stair constriction but they are mostly like what I have in the pictures.
I think you need to take a closer look.
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I think you need to take a closer look.
You mean the well built stair treads are not slid in a routered groove? Is that the case?
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You mean the well built stair treads are not slid in a routered groove? Is that the case?
That groove is the old school way of doing it but the stringers, treads and risers were likely made oak not plywood and osb.

You need a center stringer supporting the treads. A plywood tread spanning 39 not safe. You must be able to feel movement when you walk the stairs.

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