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Old 03-10-2014, 01:23 PM   #1
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Question about stair tread height


I am ripping out the carpet on my stairs and replacing it with wood. I am tearing out the existing 3/4 " plywood treads and replacing it with 3/4 inch Pine treads that we are staining. So far, it looks good and seems solid, but I have a question about a landing we have halfway up the stairs.

I want to put hardwood on the landing also, but I can't quite figure it out. It also has 3/4" plywood down under the carpet, but if I put the hardwood down on top if it, wouldn't that make the top step 3/4" too high? Surely I don't pull out the 3/4" plywood before putting down the hardwood planks. Is it within code to have one step 3/4" taller than the others?

Any suggestions on what I am supposed to do from here?

Thanks in advance.
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It will make the landing step 3/4" too high from below and the next step going up will be 3/4" too low.
That is not within code.
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That's what I thought. Any suggestions on what to do now?
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And 3/4 is to thin for a tread.
They needed to be a full 1" thick. Yes it makes a big difference.
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That's my bad...I just assumed they were 3/4. I just measured and they are 1" thick treads.
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you should of left the plywood there and put these on instead
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You could cut or plane down the floor joists but you will run into the same problem at the top of the steps too unless you are leaving the carpet.
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Does the stair turn at a landing and then continue back up?
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I am ripping out the carpet on my stairs and replacing it with wood. I am tearing out the existing 3/4 " plywood treads and replacing it with 3/4 inch Pine treads that we are staining. So far, it looks good and seems solid, but I have a question about a landing we have halfway up the stairs.

I want to put hardwood on the landing also, but I can't quite figure it out. It also has 3/4" plywood down under the carpet, but if I put the hardwood down on top if it, wouldn't that make the top step 3/4" too high? Surely I don't pull out the 3/4" plywood before putting down the hardwood planks. Is it within code to have one step 3/4" taller than the others?

Any suggestions on what I am supposed to do from here?

Thanks in advance.
Ayuh,.... Not that it really matters,...'But,...
Pine is Not hardwood in any way shape or form,....
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Suppose to be...
When the landing and stringers where installed, the tread thickness was accounted for.
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Re: Question about stair tread height


Code allows for 3/8" difference in riser height over the course of the stair case. One thing you're not considering is the "height" of the carpet and padding you're removing.

I'm in the middle of finishing stairs that I removed carpet from also! I have found that "average" carpet and padding height is 5/8 - 3/4.
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Code allows for 3/8" difference in riser height over the course of the stair case. One thing you're not considering is the "height" of the carpet and padding you're removing.

I'm in the middle of finishing stairs that I removed carpet from also! I have found that "average" carpet and padding height is 5/8 - 3/4.
When building stairs, we always take into account what the finish materials will be of the treads, landings, and floors. Even carpet makes a difference. I usually will figure on 1/2" thickness for carpeting. So, in your case, by removing that carpeting from the landing (1/2") and replacing it with hardwood (3/4") You may end up very close to code allowances.

I would check the existing stairs carefully. Many times, the rises were never that exact in the first place. Even if they were, after many years of different floor and stair coverings, it is likely that they have since changed.
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Anyone online that can help with this same situation? I don't see a resolve here.
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Anyone online that can help with this same situation? I don't see a resolve here.
This problem seems to have been resolved if you dont understand what is going on please start a new thread with what ever question you may have. We would be happy to help.
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