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Old 01-05-2011, 12:49 PM   #16
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No! I wasn't kidding, evidently, you don't understand much, unless you scribe everyone of the treads, you will get some gaps, it is impossible not to. It is natural deviation in wood and saw cuts. It happens! Feel free to post your work!! If any! I suppose you would trim it out and split all the oak or tear it out and mess up the stringers, best case here is good caulk. Get over it! Always for sure if someone uses common sense some nut job isn't gonna like it!

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No! I wasn't kidding, evidently, you don't understand much, unless you scribe everyone of the treads, you will get some gaps, it is impossible not to. It is natural deviation in wood and saw cuts. It happens! Feel free to post your work!! If any! I suppose you would trim it out and split all the oak or tear it out and mess up the stringers, best case here is good caulk. Get over it! Always for sure if someone uses common sense some nut job isn't gonna like it!
Easy there guest...he doesn't have your very considerable experience, which we all appreciate.

If the stairs had been built the way they used to be, that it with notched out stringers and wedges from behind, there would never have been any gaps. But they weren't, so he really has no choice but to work with what he has.

One other small item - which I am sure you know - is that wood shrinks very little from end to end, and much more so across the width, it's just the nature of the beast. And who knows, perhaps the walls themselves which the stairs attach to could have moved a little. It could be any number of things.

You probably would have to be there to assess the situation fully, but I'm pretty sure he will sort it all out in the end.

That is, after all, why he came here in the first place. So, I wish him good luck with the fix, whatever it turns out to be.
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Guest , I wouldn't call having over 40 years in the trade as a certified flooring installer and Inspector a nut job .

Those steps might might be as good as a dyer can get , but not a pro .
cocobolo is right , the shrink/swell coefficient of wood would be 1% length X 4% in the width.

We cut them with a 2 degree angle on the sides to get them tight to the stringer .
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Still incorrect! But nice try. If you cut them 2 degrees larger, you would still get a gap, actually an even larger one. If you look at the pic's closely, you will see that the tread almost touches at the back and then the gap starts as you come out the width of the tread, so if you start it 2 degrees wider at the back, the gap will be 2 degrees wider at the front. I rest my case. The only way to get the treads to fit tight against the side trim board is to scribe them with the side trim board. Do you have a saw to cut that? If you have invented a new saw the rest of us don't know about, you should go into business, but as of this writing, there is no such saw.
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Some of them may be wider at the back and touch at the front and some may have a gap in the middle, which is probably the case, most likely is. So just making an angle cut 2degrees won't fix it. Nor would it have solved it in the first place.
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Floor Doc has installed wood flooring etc for 40 years. He has far more experience than any DIYer.

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