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Old 05-20-2012, 04:17 PM   #1
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Any suggestion how to hide the gaps between treads and walls?

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It's to late now---you should have added a skirt board to the wall while the steps and risers were out--

Not sure how to make that look pretty--someone hare will offer up a fix--Mike---

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1/4 round.
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It isn't too late for installing a skirt board, it is just going to be a little harder, here is a link showing how to install a skirt board after the stairs are finished.
Stairway skirt board template - easy
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1/4 round was very common on the edge of steps 50 years ago. Probably the easiest route.
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if there is no skirt, molding wont help.
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http://images.search.yahoo.com/image...mb=Xwi4JCiNfjZ

To late now to be asking. if you want it to look right do it over, this time install the skirt before the treads.
I use one of these when cutting the treads to length. Each one can be a little differant in length and slightly differant angle.
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if there is no skirt, molding wont help.
You are wrong. It was common 50 years ago and would be the easiest route. I don't like the look but have seen it done many times.
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Oh boy….for what is worth, only two stairs are screwed and well glued. The rest of the treads lay down freely not attached to the stair frame. I am frustrated….I can cut the nose and install a new carpet. Oh boy…

This is what I have found….not sure if that can be successfully done by me…there are way too many precise cuts.
http://www.thisiscarpentry.com/2011/...-skirt-boards/

Or use moldings as suggested…many cuts too but on individual pieces which should be easier.

This stair is part of a split level house. The other stairs leading to the main floor are untouched. I planned to remove the carpet there too but now I am not sure. Oh boy...
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Here is what I am thinking right now…

- install skirt boards for the 4 stairs that have not been installed.
- install skirt boards for the 2 completed stairs using these technique: http://www.thisiscarpentry.com/2011/...-skirt-boards/

If both kind of skirts installed, sanded and painted white, it should look like a one pice and professionally.

What do you think?
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I ran into the same issue at my own house. Just tape off the stairs, skim with drywall mud, sand, and repaint the walls.
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I ran into the same issue at my own house. Just tape off the stairs, skim with drywall mud, sand, and repaint the walls.
Thank you for your tip!

Does it look professional? I would love to see itů..

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