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Old 07-14-2013, 03:08 PM   #1
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The last stage of my 1200 sqft flooring job is the stairs. I dep it and under the top step is this. It's metal, thick and goes all the way up the wall. I tried pulling it out...maybe I shouldn't? Any thoughts?
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Old 07-14-2013, 03:17 PM   #2
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How far is "all the way"? Could be a brace that supported a half wall that was/is there.

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It's a knee wall. Do I need it?
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You could eliminate the knee wall---but that radiator might be a problem---knee walls are a cheap way to avoid hand rails---

They do look cheap,too.
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That baseboard rad should be a easy move. Just go with a European style wall mount radiator, that is flat, and does not look like a standard rad.
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You need "something" to keep people from falling into the stairwell. Doesn't have to be a wall, could be a railing.
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I would agree that is a brace to hold the knee wall solid.
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I removed it. Wall didn't fall and still seems pretty solid.
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Seems and is are two very different things.
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hand rails are supposed to be able to resist about 200 pounds applied at the top and not deflect more than one inch. If the wall can do this than it is ok.
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You could probably recess it into the sub floor and re-install it.

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