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Old 07-19-2011, 05:42 PM   #1
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I recently removed carpeting from my stairs and found the riser inrough shape. It's a thin stripthat is splitand loose to the touch. Any easy repair ideas? Can I glue it or just replace it?

If replacing, how do I access the riser?
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What are you going to do?

Recarpet or restore the stairs.

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Right, good clarifier. I will be refinishing the treads and painting the risers white.
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You have nothing to loose by trying to repair that----plan on some putty--after you glue dries.

For a painted repair,I suggest Durhams water putty or Plastic Wood---Both ar very hard and will take some abuse.

If that curved piece needs replacing look to a millwork shop that sells stair parts.

That is 'bending' plywood----3/4" ply with a saw cut every 1/8" or so on the back going almost to the face.
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Post progress pictures & finished, in the showcase forum. Will love to see how they turn out.
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You have nothing to loose by trying to repair that----plan on some putty--after you glue dries.

For a painted repair,I suggest Durhams water putty or Plastic Wood---Both ar very hard and will take some abuse.

If that curved piece needs replacing look to a millwork shop that sells stair parts.

That is 'bending' plywood----3/4" ply with a saw cut every 1/8" or so on the back going almost to the face.
Or he can glue and sand as suggested and then apply a wood veneer over existing riser paint or stain to match…
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1/8 inch Baltic Birch will bend with the grain and usually comes in 5'X5' sheets. The big box stores usually won't have it but a cabinet supply will.
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Many thanks for all of your replies.

You're right that I have nothing to lose by attempting a glue type repair. If I'm not happy with the results I'll try what some of the others have suggested.

Will post pictures when I get to this project (just bought our first house - a 1920's craftman that needs to be painted head to toe - so it's a wee bit down on the punchlist!)
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In that case, since you just bought, and looking for ideas, post pictures away. Especially outside. Craftsman's if kept in original style, will recoup their value, when you restore and maintain. How is the mechanicals (hvac, water heater, plumbing), windows, doors, and electric? Also keep in mind, is when you do anything regarding computer networking & a/v, is how it blends into the style of the home, and will fit it when it comes time to sell.

Have fun and enjoy. We have a 1937 bungalow, and currently still working on a Kitchen remodel. Already have done a Bath remodel, which if you want pic's, I can post for you, so that you can get an idea how to blend modern, into a period home.

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