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Old 10-04-2016, 04:02 AM   #16
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Could they have made this any more difficult??? Painting the steps and using
tacking strips? I have had W to W carpeting installed in our house three times,
and never was tacking strips ever used on the steps.

I can't tell from the little bit that you sanded if it's oak. You'll have to sand
a bigger section in the middle. If it's oak you're going to have to fill
in all the nail holes from the wood strips with filler. I suggest you
remove the carpet and tacking strip from the first step and sand it
to see what's there. (you can always put the carpet back)

I spoke with my son, as I have already said, he replaced the risers with
clear 1/4 " plywood. For the steps he went over the existing steps with 3/4"
new oak. (and stained it to match his existing floors)
He said, he just had to cut back the front of each step a bit before installing
the new oak.

We have filled in lots of reclaimed oak wood with wood filler and
made furniture
out of it, and you can't tell where the holes were. So, it is doable and
would look nice.

So you have a choice, after striping off the tacking strops, you'll
have to sand, fill in the holes, sand again, or go over the existing
steps with new wood.

If you're doing DIY -- I'm sure it would be less costly than having new
WW carpet installed...besides the steps would look wonderful
with the oak rather than the carpet.
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Looks almost like particle board on the stairs. I took a photo underneath on of the top planks.. Maybe the paint is to seal it from moisture. The risers look like pine. Seems like I would have to lay oak on top. A bit of work and costs I would assume. The front room is just under 300 sq feet. I think engineered wood is about $9 or $10 installed. Does that sound about right.
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I Don't know the cost of engineered oak, hopefully someone
on the forum knows.
I think it would be too expensive to go over the risers with plywood
and the steps with new oak. The part that is expensive is labor.
If your doing the stairs yourself then you'll save a heap of money.
measure up and see how much oak you need X the cost to get an idea
of cost

My advise is to first tackle the stairs, as it would be a dramatic difference.
Then when the budjet allows, address the living room.
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Wood for sure those wood floors are gorgeous. Nothing makes a home feel warm and cozy like wood and to me that is the feel you should go for! I am about to embark in ripping out 1967 linoleum and some carpet to go wall to wall wood in my house

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I Don't know the cost of engineered oak, hopefully someone
on the forum knows.
I think it would be too expensive to go over the risers with plywood
and the steps with new oak. The part that is expensive is labor.
If your doing the stairs yourself then you'll save a heap of money.
measure up and see how much oak you need X the cost to get an idea
of cost

My advise is to first tackle the stairs, as it would be a dramatic difference.
Then when the budjet allows, address the living room.
The stairs sound like a lot of work. I'll have to read about the install. I would do it myself if I decided to do it. Can I just lay the new oak on top of the existing stairs with some nails. And then just paint the rest white. Or would I have to install some oak on the riser to match.

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Wood for sure those wood floors are gorgeous. Nothing makes a home feel warm and cozy like wood and to me that is the feel you should go for! I am about to embark in ripping out 1967 linoleum and some carpet to go wall to wall wood in my house

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I am checking if I can find some oak engineered flooring that I can snap together. That would be the easiest install in the front room. I could glue the engineered flooring together (not to the floor), but not sure if it is more technical to do right. I've done laminate click flooring before and it isn't that hard, but wouldn't look good next to an engineered floor.

I included a few photos. The stair photo is what I wouldn't mind trying to do, but I noticed the stair posts have to be removed to install the oak on the stair? That seems like a lot of work.

The second photo is a wood floor plank that I saw online for sale. Doesn't seem too far off. Might need to look for some samples to see what matches.
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You can use 1/4" plywood for the risers... cut them to size
and nail in place with finishing nails.

You don't have to remove your spindles on your stairs as they are
not on your steps.

Whatever wood that you have on your existing wood floors is
what I would use to go over your steps. Is it 3/4" hardwood that
is finished on site or engineered hardwood?
As I said before -- the front of each of your existing steps will have to
be cut back a little.

There is a flooring section on this forum, check it out about installing
the engineered flooring. Also do a google search, there is a lot of
instructions and videos on how to install oak floors. (We have no experience
with engineered hardwood, we have only installed 3/4" finished on sight
hardwood on our second floor bedrooms and hallway, I imagine installing
the engineered flooring is the same)

I would not do the snap together laminate flooring. Match what you already
have.

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Remove the old stair treads and install the oak treads.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/11-1-2-x-...D00L/202088436

The risers should be able to stay in place.

When installing the treads, use Liquid Nails and a finish nail gun, putty the nail holes and stain.


Been there, done that.


Do not put carpet back on the stairs. Let that beautiful wood show....
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Those stair threads look good and would be easy to install.
As far as the risers; I doubt they will be able to stay as is.
They are mostly full of big hunking holes from the instillation,
not to mention the wood is mostly likely inferior wood.

I think first cutting and installing new risers from 1/4" clear
plywood would be the best way to proceed.

As far as a runner on the steps, that is a matter of taste.
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First, find a different "floor man".

That hardwood flooring should be a very easy match. Actually looks to be basic oak with a clear poly finish, which is very common.

As mentioned previously, if it's not in the budget for now, keep the carpet until it is.
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I definately would do wood flooring. It's rich, warm and classic.
They are easy to maintain. They can be vacuumed or dust
mopped. I love my wood floors. (and ours are 60 years old)
Look what I found. They were sitting underneath the stairs. There are about 10 pieces. Is this engineered flooring? It has a groove but definitely not the click and lock type. It looks like I would have to use glue between the pieces and float the floor. I wish there was a stamp on it on where it was manufactured. I will have to check online to see if there is anything close to matching.
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That's laminate.

You should be able to take it to a big box store, or a flooring outlet, and match it.

Way cheaper than true hardwood to install.
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Its engineered floor. Its just a thin amount of actual flooring. The depth is 3/8", which is fairly thin. I will post this on the flooring forum.
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I definately would do wood flooring. It's rich, warm and classic.
They are easy to maintain. They can be vacuumed or dust
mopped. I love my wood floors. (and ours are 60 years old)

You can use area rugs on top of the wood flooring. I favor the
classic oriental rugs, they are timeless and last for generations.
Wool area rugs wear wonderfully and don't stain or show dirt.

Your house is beautiful. Also, wood steps and a runner would be
gorgeous, you would just have to blend the color. I have red in our
LR...our son has red as well.
I will post a pic in the painting section -- the thread about painting
steps vs staining steps later.

One more thing, is your furniture modern, traditional, or
contemporary? The orientals go better with the traditional.
There are many style area rugs for contemporary and modern furniture
as well.
Agree with you
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