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Old 02-24-2013, 12:49 PM   #1
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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?

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I use liquid nails and a 15 gage finish nailer.

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I agree with fun. We use 15 gauge nails and some pl400 construction adhesive.
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Thanks for the advice. Very helpful.
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No problem. Happy to help.
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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?
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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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