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Old 01-19-2010, 12:30 PM   #1
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Basement Stairs Question

I'm about to tackle replacing my basement stairs as they are not only crooked but very loose/moving. I just wanted to know what is the best way to attach them to the basement cement floor? Right now they look like they are cemented in place, should I cut the old ones out and then cut the floor a little larger then cement them in place again or can I use some kind of brace/bracket? Thanks all!

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Old 01-19-2010, 02:47 PM   #2
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No, you don't need to cut out any cement. Not sure how they are "cemented in place", that's not normal. It doesn't take much to secure the bottom of the stairs to the concrete, assuming that the sides of the stairs have a wall to nail to. I would shoot the bottom in with a powder gun, you can buy them for pretty cheap at Home Depot. Or you might be able to get away with just subfloor adhesive. Make sure whatever wood that touches the concrete is treated.
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Ayuh,... As long as the stairs are securely attached at the top,+ possibly at some point along the way down,...
Gravity is All that's needed at the Bottom...
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I would notch a space in the bottom of the stair stringer for a 2x4 laying flat on the concrete perpendicular to the stringers. Drill a couple of holes and use some Tapcons to secure to the slab.
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