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BSponz1 01-10-2011 10:10 AM

Stair Nose Attachment - HELP!
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I've laid hardwood bamboo flooring in our upstairs. Unfortunately, Lumber Liquidators couldn't get me the Stair nose until a few weeks after the flooring came, so I was unable to figure it in the planning (there were also unable to give me the width of the overhang). So, I'm at the point where there's 1/2 inch space between the last board and where the stair nosing rests. I tried ripping a piece of the flooring, but I did not like the look and the piece did not have a tongue to match up to the groove in the stair nose, causing an unstable fit.

I've contemplated the following solutions:
1. Replacing the stair riser with 1/2 stock (currently 1 inch) to make up the 1/2 inch difference. This would also result in having to lengthen the stair tread by 1/2. Because I don't have access to underneath the staircase, I don't know about this option.
2. Removing 1/2 of the overhang from the stair nose (Pict1 in attached) - The only way I can think of doing this would be to cut with a circular saw at a 1/2 depth the lenth of the board, then notching the pieces out. However, the wood is especially hard so I'm not sure how this would work.
3. Removing 1/2 from the top of the riser (Pict 2 in attached).

With that said:
Are there any other options Iím not considering?
Do any of the above sound viable?
For 2 and 3, how would the cuts be made?

Thanks in advance for your advice!

DangerMouse 01-10-2011 10:26 AM

I took the liberty of moving this to the flooring section. You'll get faster responses to your questions here by flooring experts and diy-ers who usually peruse this sub-forum more than the others, (they may not have even seen it where it was.) *good luck!*


rditz 01-10-2011 10:32 AM

is there enough material to remove 1/2" from the underside of the bullnose?? you won't see the cut.


Trainer019 01-10-2011 01:31 PM

Removing material from the underside of the bullnose will allow it to go deeper into the tread of the stair should make up for the gap there is now, if I understand correctly. This can be done relativly easy with a dato blade set to 1/2 inch in a table saw. Use a scrap piece or cuttoff from the bullnose to test the cut for fit. With the cut on the bottom I agree with the other post you will never see the cut and will give you some play if you need it.

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