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Old 06-19-2012, 08:39 PM   #1
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hello, first post so bear with me. We remodeled are second floor and decided the enclosed stair case was worn out and to dark. The treads were cracked and ancient. So we blew out the wall and took out the treads and risers. I replaced the treads with pine 3/4" just liek the original ones. I took the time to make a brace for each step made out of 2x4s. I used liquid nails and finish nails to instal the treads and risers. After letting it dry i found that the treads flexed alot and made lots of popping noises and squeaks. My wifee refused to use the treads. so tonight i tore out half of the drywall to expose the lower half of the stair case from behind. i noticed several of the treads never adhered to the braces. I am struggling to come up with a solution to support the treads even more. obviously now i know that my treads were to thin for only two stringers. I should of used a thicker tread or cut a third stringer. at this poin t I either have to tear out all od the treads (already stained and finished) and start all over or brace the exisitng treads.

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I would add a 3rd stringer if your able.

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I know this isn't what you want to hear but it would be best to tear it out and start over with three stringers and thicker treads, you could probably make the stairs more sturdy but it would take some effort and probably not pass code.
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Is it possible to add a third stringer from the bottom and keep my current treads? I spent a lot of time routering and staining and finishing them. Also I used liquid nails to hold the tread to the stringer and to my 2x4 support system. Is there any easy way to take the treads off now that i used liquid nails.
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You use the wrong materials, if it's just 3/4 boards there's a very real chance there going to cup, flex, and split.
If your going with pine they should have been at least 1" laminate treads.
Only other cheap out option would be to use over treads.
http://www.stairsupplies.com/eng/pro..._risers/treads

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I think buying a tread from lowes of hd of 1" PINE FOR $10 would be much more attractive but im not sure how easy the current treads will come out

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