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mmostek4 02-24-2013 01:49 PM

Hardwood stairs
I have unfinished oak stair treads however I'm not quite sure how to install them. I have seen some people say to screw them an others have said to glue. Any suggestions?

funfool 02-24-2013 02:30 PM

I use liquid nails and a 15 gage finish nailer.

Awoodfloorguy 02-24-2013 03:52 PM

I agree with fun. We use 15 gauge nails and some pl400 construction adhesive.

mmostek4 02-24-2013 04:03 PM

Thanks for the advice. Very helpful.

Awoodfloorguy 02-25-2013 09:04 PM

No problem. Happy to help.

lazzlazz 05-13-2013 12:18 AM


Originally Posted by Awoodfloorguy (Post 1123984)
I agree with fun. We use 15 gauge nails and some pl400 construction adhesive.

Is is better to buy unfinished treads & finish them yourself? Or if you're not too picky about stain, are the finished ones as good or better than you can finish them yourself? Are they worth the $20 premium? Do the prefinished wear better?

oh'mike 05-13-2013 07:08 AM

The trouble with prefinished? There are a lot of cuts to be made---and nail holes---and a matching riser----so there is a good chance that the prefinished will have some cut and patch marks to hide.

Finishing a staircase is a lot of work---if you can avoid the problem of hiding all cuts then,consider it---I have always used raw wood and finished after installing----

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