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Old 06-05-2008, 10:56 AM   #1
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hey evryone.

my situation is as follows:
i am looking to put down new hardwood floors in a small hallway of the second floor of my parents' house. what is there now is old T&G with many large plywood patches. i'm planning on tearing all of that up and laying subfloor on the joists, and then the new T&G on top of that.
my question is regarding the top stair tread/bullnosed piece of flooring. i obviously would like the part that hangs down to completely cover the edge of the subflooring, so that when coming up the stairs, you can't see it. i was planning on using 3/4" ply for the subfloor, and i can't see how the bullnose will cover that. i doesn't seem right that i should be accomodating the entire subfloor to match what the bullnose can hide, but i can't think of any other way to hide it, other than custom making the bullnose piece.
thanks for your time, and i'm sorry if the answer is embaressingly obvious.
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I think you just want to replace the top stair riser with a wider piece, to cover the subfloor.

How much taller will the last step be compared to the rest of the stairs?
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All you do is install another piece of trim under the nosing similar to this: http://www.1aflooring.com/ProductIma...ing_nosing.jpg I often use a door stop stained to match.

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the extra bit of molding sounds right up my alley. thanks, jazman; and thanks, nate
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great advice Jaz
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Nate has the right idea. The preference is a clean look and not adding more trim pieces.
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95% of the open and closed stairs case's here on long Island have a 7/8 cove moulding (oak or pine) nailed under the tread to the riser. something to think about. it will cover the subfloor.
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That's true Bob. Techniques can be different from one area to another. Cove is very popular in northern areas.
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i haven't done the floor yet, and it looks like it may get delayed further still, but for the life of me i can't think of how cove molding, stained to match, would look bad
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