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Old 03-16-2016, 02:03 PM   #1
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Hi all. I am new to this and joined as I am trying to teach myself some carpentry. I am a remarried newlywed(almost 3 yrs) and moved into my husband's home. It has MANY beautiful attributes, but one improvement I would love to do is the staircase. It was custommade in the "industrial" style. The metal staircase was put together around the wood treads. If I can talk him into allowing me to cut through the treads, would there be any way to install new treads into this non-flexible staircase?? This is all so I can paint the metal. It is currently primer yellow ANY suggestions would be welcome. I am willing to try anything. He will not take kindly to me disassembling them, however
Thanks to any responses, in advance.
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Take one tread loose, slide it back away from where it is mounted, push one end of the tread up as high as it will go and pull the other end down. See if there is enough room to clear that bottom flange. If not, all is left is to remove one side of the metal stringer.
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Looks like I see L brackets welded to the stringers to hold the stair treads. Possibly two or three screws on the underside into the wooden tread? Even if you cant get the treads out, you could loosen perhaps 5 or 6 of the treads, and slide them up or down the stairway. Then you would have perhaps a third of the stairway clear to paint ----- repeat 3 times.
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...This is all so I can paint the metal...
Sounds like a lot more work than just masking off the treads. Why do you feel like you need to remove them?
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I have tried that route. Removing the stringer on one side is not an option, unfortunately. Many thanks for the reply.
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Would you take the engine out of a car to change the oil?

Rethink your approach to this and I bet you can find a way to paint the metal with the treads in place.
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Looks like I see L brackets welded to the stringers to hold the stair treads. Possibly two or three screws on the underside into the wooden tread?.
There are no screws on the underside. I was hoping the same. I took one L bracket off to try that option. I still cannot get the tread out and I can loosen it, but only an inch or so. It still didn't really help.
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Sounds like a lot more work than just masking off the treads. Why do you feel like you need to remove them?
Since I am painting a new color, the only way to paint all of it is to remove the tread. The inside, underside, L brackets are all yellow. I doubt I can cover all by taping off. I guess I will find out, as it is my only option.
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Would you take the engine out of a car to change the oil?
No, I would not, but that is not an apples to apples comparison. I would take the engine out to repaint it.
I know my only option is to tape them off. I was hoping I had not thought of a fairly simple solution.
Thanks for the input.
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post pics of the outside of the stringer and underneath where the treads are attached.

taping and painting that in place would be a real pita.
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Hi all. I am new to this and joined as I am trying to teach myself some carpentry. I am a remarried newlywed(almost 3 yrs) and moved into my husband's home. It has MANY beautiful attributes, but one improvement I would love to do is the staircase. It was custommade in the "industrial" style. The metal staircase was put together around the wood treads. If I can talk him into allowing me to cut through the treads, would there be any way to install new treads into this non-flexible staircase?? This is all so I can paint the metal. It is currently primer yellow ANY suggestions would be welcome. I am willing to try anything. He will not take kindly to me disassembling them, however
Thanks to any responses, in advance.
when you say install new treads, what where you thinking of installing to replace the existing ones? I daught the wood was installed then the stairs welded together, they should be able tobe removed..

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Here are pics. Have decided to just do the best I can taping. Removing treads is not an option.
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when you say install new treads, what where you thinking of installing to replace the existing ones? I daught the wood was installed then the stairs welded together, they should be able tobe removed..
Actually, that is exactly how they were assembled. Not welded, but stringers were attached around wooden treads. One side went up, treads were put in place and the the other side put up tightly against treads to keep them in place. Apparently, it took four adults to do it. I was thinking wood again for treads, but oh well. I need to pick my battles and I have decided this is not one of them.
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Look at the second picture, there looks to be a screw in the side of the stringer, I would guess that is holding the treads in place. You might want to try that.
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Look at the second picture, there looks to be a screw in the side of the stringer, I would guess that is holding the treads in place. You might want to try that.
that is what i was going to say, and why i asked for those pics. that 1 screw and perhaps(perhaps not) the top bolt of the rail. those things come out of there, no doubt.
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