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Old 02-12-2012, 07:18 PM   #1
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I am planning to put Oak Treads on my stairs and would like to know if it is ok to conceal the nails(10d finish nails) at the back of the Treads where the Raisers would cover them up.

Hope this approach is ok .

Please let know if some nails also need to be in the middle of the tread boards as well for better structual stability.

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I am planning not to nail the Raisers and just use the Polyurethane Glue.

Please comment if the Nails are a must.

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Do i need to scrape the paint off of the base board of the steps for the Polyurethene glue to be effective or is it ok If i dont...?


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Your going to have to use long finish nails and constrution adhesive on the treads, not glue.

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Your going to have to use long finish nails and constrution adhesive on the treads, not glue.
ok got it... Construction Adhesive...

And what about the placement of the nails?

howmany nails per tread and were ?

risers need nails too ?

and do i have to scrape the existing paint from the stair base board?
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I guess you mean the skirt. Why are you scraping the paint off? If it's in bad shape you should sand and repaint before the new stuff goes in.
Skirts get nailed also.
I predrill the holes in the treads slightly small then the wire gauge of the nail and use three in each stringer so in most cases that would be 9 nails pertread. I like to use galvinized nails because there rougher and will hold better.
Yes the risers are also nailed. Two nails per stringer
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no i dont mean the skirt..

I mean the surface of the stairs where the glueing and nailing happens (this part is currently covered by the carpets.

For some reason known only to the previous owner he has ended up painting the surface underneath the existing carpet.

for the better adhesion of the construction adhesive with the treads... do i need to remove the paint from that surface?
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Your first post says your install new hard wood treads, if that's what your doing then the old treads need to be removed before the new ones go in.
It also says the baseboards of the treads. Sounded like the skirts when you said it like that.

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the existing wood is not treads...
It is the stairs base wood over with there is carpet...

It is has been painted...
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The treads get attached directly to the stringers, not on top of anything else.
If you did the wood under the tread would be showing under the nosing of the tread and it would throw off the run and rise of the stairs.
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The treads get attached directly to the stringers, not on top of anything else.
If you did the wood under the tread would be showing under the nosing of the tread and it would throw off the run and rise of the stairs.
Pardon my Terminology ...

It is the stringer that has been been painted...

There is no additional wood there...

Do i need to remover the paint for the adhesive to work ?
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Is some directions.
There using trim head screws instead of nails which is an even better way to attch them but leave a bigger hole. The also use tar paper instead of constrution adhesive, adhesive works better and less chance of squecks.
http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/how...ngs/index.html
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Is some directions.
There using trim head screws instead of nails which is an even better way to attch them but leave a bigger hole. The also use tar paper instead of constrution adhesive, adhesive works better and less chance of squecks.
http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/how...ngs/index.html
Thanks for the very useful link...
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That paint may have been over spray when the house was being built. It would be better to get most of it off if you can it does not have to be perfect.

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