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Old 03-15-2010, 12:53 AM   #1
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I am also finishing my basement. The house is 70 years old and the basement stairs have been open faced the whole time. I just spent the day carefully cutting risers to cover up these openings. I used 3/8 plywood and am now wondering if I really blew it. The risers do not provide any support and they will just be painted. But . . . is there a minimum thickness required for risers?

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I am also finishing my basement. The house is 70 years old and the basement stairs have been open faced the whole time. I just spent the day carefully cutting risers to cover up these openings. I used 3/8 plywood and am now wondering if I really blew it. The risers do not provide any support and they will just be painted. But . . . is there a minimum thickness required for risers?
Since they do not provide any support, 3/8" should be fine. The only thing that you might be concerned with, is support behind the center to nail to so they don't warp over time.

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