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Old 08-26-2011, 12:35 PM   #1816
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The Gorilla Glue did a big ooze. How do you clean it up? With the Fein Multi Master of course! Scraper blade works wonders. I counter sunk the holes for the threaded rod. I set them low because that is where I need to pull it in. Campbell told my this evening the they should have been center, just below the tread or else the beams will "Butterfly" out at the top. We have a fix for that. Pic's tomorrow. I also used the Fein for a final sanding. I had to do them in place but it doesn't throw dust too bad. It took quite a bit of fiddling to get things evened up. I should have gotten laminated beams instead of whole ones. That would have saved a lot of work with this warped mother. I had to shim the whole thing up about 3 inches. I goofed up. Hey this is my first staircase. I put cork on both ends of the stringers to eliminate any squeaks in the future. There is no wood to wood contact. I've been working so hard that I've been not eating. I cooked up a pot of "Construction Chili" Now I have some thing to eat very easily and quickly. Here are some pic's and will add a couple more in the next post. I think it has turned out great!
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Old 08-26-2011, 12:41 PM   #1817
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Only 6 pic's at a time. Here is "Construction Chili" and me on the almost finished steps. Tomorrow for sure, except for the railings. I could not make them any wider do to my entrance being so narrow. The Urethane I used on the treads is water based. It raised the grain and with the following coats it gave me a non slip tread. Here's a couple more , dorf dude...
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Old 08-26-2011, 01:19 PM   #1818
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Looking good man!
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Old 08-26-2011, 02:05 PM   #1819
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Treads are not set yet. I will not glue them, only screw, 6 per. I'm not sure how many times I will have to take it apart and adjust things. I have a big gap to pull in. Once it's glued your screwed! This thing is so massive it doesn't move. Thanks for the support, dorf dude...
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Old 08-26-2011, 02:14 PM   #1820
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I recall an episode of Holmes on Home's. He didn't like the attachment of a staircase to the upstairs. I don't know if he would approve my method either. These screws are 10" long, Torx 40 head. It is solid as hell. With a cork cushion. My little Makita Impact is earning it's keep lately. dorf dude...
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Old 08-27-2011, 12:29 AM   #1822
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Mia is very interested in the new staircase!
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Hi Shu:

Sorry about the long time between posts.

I was going to give you a hard time about your stairs...that is until you said it was your first set. So, I'll let you get away with it this time.

I would have preferred if you had set the treads right into the stringers. Sure it is a little more work, but once done they are there forever.

You could actually use a piece of re-bar which you can thread on the ends instead of threaded rod, only because it's quite a bit cheaper. I would put one right underneath every other tread, and tighten them up over a period of time. The wood will slowly give and come into line with that kind of pressure acting on it.

But what you've done so far looks pretty damn good.

You might find that the raised grain becomes less noticeable with additional coats. So the non-slip effect will diminish. You can get little packets of a very fine silica sand which you can add to the last (or second last) finish coat. I usually tape off a section at the front of the tread about 3" wide and confine the sand to that. That's where any slipping happens.

Great weather here - finally - and at least another two weeks of it according to the long range forecast!
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Campbell came by and we set the stairs. Had to take it down again and trim the bent beam to try and get it closer to the wall. Once we set the treads the bent stringer lifted off the floor. With the treads we set 10mm pins along with screws. There is a large internal stress in this staircase. To bring the lifted leg down we put a screw jack on top and pushed it down. We then drilled holes through into the wall and used 2 lag bolts as pins and released tension. There are no wall anchors inside. Guess who the first one up the stairs was? Mia. This afternoon I laid the laminate for the upstairs landing. Tomorrow I will begin the rest of the floor. Thing are really coming along! Here are a few pic's, dorf dude...
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I see where that twisted stringer has been causing you no end of grief.

Maybe when you get it close enough you can add a piece of something like 1/4 round trim against the wall to take out any final minor discrepancy.

Mia looks like she has become a real ham. Seems to like posing for the camera.
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I should have gotten laminated beams for the stringers. Next time! Mia is not a ham but just has to be there. I don't pose her for the pic's. She's an Australian Cattle Dog. Velcro dog is their nic name. It is such a huge step forward not having to climb up a ladder any more. I've actually almost got a house. Still more to come. Thanks for following, dorf dude...
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I should have gotten laminated beams for the stringers. Next time! Mia is not a ham but just has to be there. I don't pose her for the pic's. She's an Australian Cattle Dog. Velcro dog is their nic name. It is such a huge step forward not having to climb up a ladder any more. I've actually almost got a house. Still more to come. Thanks for following, dorf dude...
You can make up your own laminated beams very easily from either 2 x 4's or 1 x 4's, just depends on how much gluing you want to do and what appearance you want.
We never had to pose Bridie for any pics, she was always there as well. I think it's just their nature.
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are you corking under the treads?

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