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Old 12-28-2016, 11:59 PM   #1
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I have two oak stair treads that have cracked where the oak was joined together. One is more in the middle of the tread and the other is on the overhang. How can I repair these properly so they won't break again. I tried repairing the one broken the overhang with screws and some glue but it eventually cracked again. I had just used coated deck screws for the repair last time and counter sunk them and made oak plugs. Any other ideas for repairs that will last?


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When you say " cracked where the oak was joined together " I assume those were glue joints?

Pictured is a bit of information seldom used in our high speed powerful hammer drill driver society. This is old school but it is still standard procedure when joining two pieces of wood. Sure it takes more time, but besides just providing a screw driver slot, it allows the head of the screw to fully do the job it was intended to do, that is pulling the two pieces together. Note: the anchor hole is to be bored first.

If the bottom side of the stairs can be accessed, the crack in the center of that tread may need the Kreg screw system employed.

Sometimes good things take a little longer.
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Can you post a couple of pictures? The overhang is a high stress area.....gotta be very careful here. Pics will tell us if stave joints have failed.
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Here are the photos. It does appear I could replace the treads. I probably would have a decent amount of damage to sand down old layers of white paint though.


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1. Replace them with new treads
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2. Remove, fix, and replace
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3. Fix in place.....more work and iffy long term results.
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What's the proper method to fix?


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Based on how the treads are installed, replacing with new treads would be my first choice. If you could just remove/repair them, the fix would be dependent on the extent of the cracks. How thick are the treads? How far from the front edge is the crack in the stair nosing? Can you post a picture of the edge of the stair nosing?
A lot depends on the tools you have, skill level, etc.
New unfinished treads aren't too expensive....you could buy and refinish yourself.
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My stairs do not have the classic bullnose of the treads available at local stores. They are narrow enough though that I could rip oak tread to size and router the upper edge of the stairs. Is that the best approach?


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My stairs do not have the classic bullnose of the treads available at local stores. They are narrow enough though that I could rip oak tread to size and router the upper edge of the stairs. Is that the best approach?


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I'm not sure what you mean by router the upper edge of the stairs? What are the edges of the existing treads like....square? If they are square you could rip the bullnose (rounded) edges off the store bought treads.
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Rounded slightly on top square on bottom


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With the right tools....table saw and router you could add that profile. What part of the stairs did you say you could router?
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That curve top I showed in the photo


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I went to Home Depot to buy a stair tread but with having to remove the bullnose with my table saw I'll only have a small veneer on the front. I've attach a side photo of the tread. Any other ideas on where I should be getting a tread?


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For the crack at the overhang, I've used the method I stole from Tom Silva and haven't had any crack again. It uses glue and a Miller stepped dowel kit.


https://www.amazon.com/Miller-Dowel-...+stepped+dowel
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What type of nails should I use on the tread? I will be pre-drilling the holes.


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