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Old 10-20-2013, 01:46 PM   #16
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Those skirts are way off causing issues and by the looks of them there in poor shape.
You stair rise is to tall by 1".

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Old 10-20-2013, 02:07 PM   #17
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Those skirts are way off causing issues and by the looks of them there in poor shape.
You stair rise is to tall by 1".
What do you mean by "way off"?
About the shape, it was partially sanded...but I think that globally, they are not that bad...And by the way, skirts = stringers, right?

The stair was carpeted, so now I have to deal with what have.....unfortunately
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Old 10-20-2013, 03:14 PM   #18
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You should not have to custom sand each piece to fit a curve. A skirt may be at a slight angle but not curved like a banana like you stated.
I would have at least sanded, primed and paint two coats of enamel paint on the skirts before fitting the treads to make it a whole lot easier on yourself.
http://inspectapedia.com/Stairs/Stair_Treads.htm
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Old 10-20-2013, 07:46 PM   #19
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What do you mean by tear out the 2x's? Cut and remove the existing pine treads?
Problem is I don't know how they are attached, and where.....!!!!
I don't want to have to remove/redo the stringers !!!
Odds are they are nailed straight in. Worst case scenario you would have to scab more wood onto the side of the stringer.
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Old 10-20-2013, 07:50 PM   #20
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How thick are the new treads and risers? It seems your rise on the stair is 8", but what are your your first and last rises, they are what is important. If you leave those 2 x rough treads in you should cut off the overhang, it's too big anyway. Are you saying the retro treads are only 9-1/2" overall including the nosing? If so they are to small for any legal staircase. One should never use wood filler to fill a bad joint like that, it will just look like a screw up and the wood filler will just crack as the treads expand and contract with the seasons. As far as the curvature of the skirt, can it be straightened by screwing in to the studs better? Perhaps removing it and putting in a fresh one would be less of a headache in the long run. Those treads that are already cut too short could possibly used at the top of the stair which could be slightly narrower. They sell jigs for scribing in treads for these types of stairs, mine is a homeade one which works great.
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Thickness of the new treads is 5/8", and the risers are ~5/16"
Treads dimension can be seen here:
http://www.stairtek.com/retread.htm
Problem is with the dimension of my current stair, I don't see how I can make the treads big enough without having a too long overhang (picture 5 from post#10)
And if I cut the current overhang, I will have 9"1/2 treads (Picture 4)
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Old 10-21-2013, 05:20 PM   #22
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By cutting off your overhang on those rough treads you are not changing the run... Just your overhang,which is way too big anyway
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I know.....unfortunately !!!
This is why I was asking what is "best":
1) Have a too long overhang but a deeper tread
2) Have a standard overhang but a narrower tread
3) some kind of mix in between.....
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If you apply those retro treads directly to what you have now you will have a bigger tread, however the run will stay the same. So you really aren't gaining anything. Run is measured from riser to riser or nose to nose.either way your run is 9 -7/16"
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Does this help?
The idea would be to extend from the bottom of the stairs?
By the way, how long a skilled carpenter - or at least a good Do It Yourselfer - should take to cut approximately 1/4" on each of the 12 stair noses as shown on the pictures from post#12? I was thinking about 2 hours max, with a circular saw and wood chisel...
What do you think it should be?

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