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Brad Nailer 05-04-2013 08:18 AM

Preparing for the stairs
I was hoping I could get some advice on how best to handle my stairs.

I'm laying 3/4" hardwood. I'm approaching the top of the stairs from the long wall in the room.

I've discovered that the distance from the last board of the new flooring to the front edge of that top step is not even from one side of the step to the other. It's off by 1/4". It's 34 5/8" in the foreground and 34 3/8" in the background.

To compensate, I'm figuring I'll have to rip the last floor board at the proper angle to meet the stair nose on the top step.

Each step has a lip:

My next question is, am I supposed to cut the lip off and use the board I lay on the riser as the edge for the stair nose? If not, then couldn't I trim the stop step to create the proper angle for the stair nose to meet the flooring?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I can supply more pictures if y'all need 'em, if it would help.

BigJim 05-04-2013 10:51 AM

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Cut that over hang off and install a landing tread like below. If the last run of flooring is narrow I would rip the landing tread instead of the flooring as it wouldn't show as bad.

Landing tread.

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