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Old 04-25-2007, 12:13 PM   #1
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2 hours one hardwood step


it took me approx 2 hours to install a hardwood stair step... how much a pro take normally... wondering


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If it looks good, who cares

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My wife cares... keep saying won't finish the basement in next year... I hope she has your mentarity... keep saying why not just paint it... I think hardwood stairs is so beatiful and worth the time and effort...
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For what it's worth, I'm on your side. But my mrs. tends to be the same way. Wants things done now but doesn't realize the time that certain projects take.

Remind her about how much more your house will be valued at with hardwood instead of paints.

From your pics it looks like you have come a long way. Just keep reminding her of that.

I would guess that to add the risers plus the tread, you would be looking at 20 minutes a step.

What exactly took you so long? Did you run into some problems?
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My wife cares... keep saying won't finish the basement in next year... I hope she has your mentarity... keep saying why not just paint it... I think hardwood stairs is so beatiful and worth the time and effort...

Listen K, you are absolutely right about the hardwood. Take your time and do it. And next time you are ready to go out and your wife is in front of a mirror taking forever to do her makeup and hair, tell her "just throw on a hat and let's go, we won't get to the restaurant til next year".
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What exactly took you so long? Did you run into some problems?
before installing... need to fix the step... the step is seldom good enough to just stick the hardwood on it... need to trim or put spmall piece of wood on the riser to make a close to perfect right angle ...

then divide a regular piece into kind of 50% in width to the first riser piece as my step just 1/4 inch higher than 2 pieces of wood, I cannot install 1/4 inch at the end, it is too narrow...

then cut the piece in length

then cut next complete piece in length

then divide again for the remaining riser

then cut again

then the nose

then the 2 pieces of complete tread

each cut requires a bit longer than actual length but not too long so that wood can embedded tight and strong but not over embedded.

blind nails at riser

glue at others...

I don't know... time just passes when doing all above and it is about 2 hours for me...

each cut normally requires me a few visit to the table saw at the garage...
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sounds like a job. You'll get faster as each step goes. Just hope you don't have 10 flights of stairs
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I am now convinced with the rumour that industry charge $100 per step labour... this probably be the entry price... when there is rail or circular steps... it must be higher...

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