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Old 04-20-2010, 11:26 PM   #1
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I have installed hardwood before but now I am building a cabin and the wife wants hardwood on the stairs ( which I have never done). We are planning on using a 3/4 inch prefinished flooring. My biggest question is what do I use for a stair tread. I know that I do not want to use the usual bull nose stair tread. Do I use it and just rip off the bull nose or should I use something else (something thicker). Any other information on what to do would be nice also. I have good finishing skills, I am just not sure what to do. My mind is telling me I need to glue the hardwood down, but what do I use. I want to keep the face nailing down to a minimum. I also do not want to use any trim. The stairs will have a sheet rocked walls on both sides so that should make it easier ( I think). Any info would really help.

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5/4 stock in what ever your wanting to use. Or go to a mill and have them cut you some thicker pieces. Then attach nailer blocks on the rise and tread portion of your stringers. Use the blocks to screw through the backs of the new risers and treads. There are quite a few ways you can go, this is just one. Good Luck....................


Here is a good read for you.http://www.woodweb.com/knowledge_bas...for_Stair.html

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in that article he talks about hanging the run out one inch past the rise. Is this normal. I am going to be cutting the stringers tomorrow. I am just trying to figure out how you would cover this up when installing the hardwood. I thought you used the hardwood to create the overhang on the run.
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3/4 over hang is pretty much the norm, plus any more is a code violation in some areas. Just add/subtract it in when your doing the stringers. Risers set in first. Then treads. Thats how I was taught. Some might differ, but the end result is good just the same.
If you have the space, try using a 7 3/8 or 7 1/8 rise. You will enjoy it.........
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Why not use ready-made unfinished treads that you can find in HD? 1" thick, rounded nosing comes standard, you can stain and finish to match your flooring. Rip them down to 20 1/2" in width. Depending on the framing of the stairs, you use glue and 2-3 nails to secure the tread.
sanding is really easy, as they come pretty clean to begin with. palm sander with 100 grit should do it. a quart of stain - $7.18; a quart of finish - about the same. Each tread - about $20 something dollars. Home-made prefinished stair treads - PRICELESS!!!
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Why not use ready-made unfinished treads that you can find in HD? 1" thick, rounded nosing comes standard, you can stain and finish to match your flooring. Rip them down to 20 1/2" in width. Depending on the framing of the stairs, you use glue and 2-3 nails to secure the tread.
sanding is really easy, as they come pretty clean to begin with. palm sander with 100 grit should do it. a quart of stain - $7.18; a quart of finish - about the same. Each tread - about $20 something dollars. Home-made prefinished stair treads - PRICELESS!!!
Never heard of such a thing. The wife would kill me if it was not exactly I mean exactly a match. If I want to go the traditional route are you saying I overhang the 5/4 material 3/4". Or do I cut that flush then overhang the hardwood 3/4" or both
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These are the treads : http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053
These are the stains and finishes : http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...atalogId=10053
This is the final result :
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That looks really nice. Does that go directly onto the stringers? If so how thick is it.
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Stairs have framing.... nothing goes into the stringer. they're 1" thick. HD, Lowes they have'm
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Hey guys,

We often get calls to resurface stairs and when we do them, we do use either unfinished or pre-finished full treads (depends on if my supplier offers pre-finished!) What we use on the stringers is veneer with trim stained to match the wood.

As for the risers, it all depends on what you're doing to them, if you want them to match the wood we would use veneer stained and finished to match.

They aren't too difficult to get done, but require lots of time and patience!

Have fun with them today!

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