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Old 05-16-2010, 09:02 PM   #1
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Some hitches with stairs


So I'm preparing to lay some engineered flooring up the stairs and into the living room. After ripping out the carpet, of course, a couple of problems reared their ugly heads. If you can help with them, I'd be incredibly grateful!

OK, first, there are these braces underneath the existing treads. Should I remove them and then cut off the overhang, or just cut the overhang flush to the brace? I'm pretty sure the cat stays

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Second, at the top of the stairs, behind the stair nose, there's a gap filled with...cardboard. WTF?!

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Third, I was planning to use baby threshold to cover the gap at the fireplace. I realize this is not the right thing to do, but this is why there are professionals, so they can laugh at us DIYers and our stupid shortcuts. Unfortunately, it appears that the subfloor does not actually come up to the hearth. Is this the point where I just swallow hard and undercut it?

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Old 05-16-2010, 09:21 PM   #2
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Some hitches with stairs


That's not bracing, that's trim. Those were varnished stairs at one time.

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