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  1. Trying to update stairs...but need to install a middle stringer.

    Hi guys, I bought an old house and I'm trying to update an old staircase : new treads and risers. After a landing, the last 4 steps do not have a stringer in the middle. Everyone I've asked has recommended installing a middle stringer for safety. I'm not sure how to do it though, below...
  2. Toilet flange too high - concrete underground

    Hey everyone. So I messed up my plumbing underground for my basement bathroom and my underground comes out too high for my toilet flange. (My slope is perfect I just miscalculated where to start it). It's all cemented and tiled now as you can see in the picture. What would you recommend I do? My...
  3. Renovating a Staircase

    Hi all, Brand new here, came looking for a place to help with ideas on a staircase I’m hoping to renovate. The original staircase had carpet on it. My plan was to rip it up and then sand/stain the treads to match my flooring and paint or install new white risers. I knew it wasn’t going to be...
  4. Question on Deck Step Stringers

    General DIY Discussions
    Hello Everyone, I'm rebuilding my deck and currently the steps have two stringers in the center, but each of the sides simply has wood block support under the tread - I believe it's called a cleat ? I'll try to get a picture and it will be clear why they did it this way. I'm just curious...
  5. Cannot find 5/8" sprinkler elbow fittings

    Landscaping & Lawn Care
    Hi All, I moved into a house built in 1985. When fixing a broken sprinkler i noticed that the blue plastic L-shaped part that connects the sprinkler head to the pipe had broken (i think it's called the Riser fitting or Elbow Insert) So i took it out to get a replacement, but i could not find...
  6. Re-treading stairs

    General DIY Discussions
    Hopefully somewhere in this post is the picture of my stairs going into my basement. The home was built in 1949, as were the stairs, over the years they've been painted, and carpeted SEVERAL time. I would like to re-do them and put new treads over the old (and remove the disgusting carpet these...
  7. Front steps riser height

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello! I recently had some brick stairs replaced at my home in Massachusetts. I think it looks great bit I noticed the top step riser height (to the deck) is significantly shorter than the bottom two. The top riser height is 3 1/4" and the bottom two are 7 3/4". Is this normal and...
  8. NEC requirements for low voltage cable in attic

    I need to run a low voltage multiconductor cable (30V) through the attic above an attached garage. I'm wondering about the flame test rating & temperature requirements. 1) Is riser rated cable required? I believe not, though I'm looking for confirmation on this. 2) What temperature rating is...
  9. What is the best way to fabricate Steel Stringers for my deck?

    Building & Construction
    I'm building a steel deck and have yet to figure out how I'm going to do the stairs. I want to build them out of steel and dont have the budget to have a fabricator build them for me. I guess all I really need is help with is the stringers. The material I'm using it to cover the risers is 3"...
  10. Question regarding gap between stair tread and skirt

    I recently had carpet removed from our circa 1925 colonial. We finished the stair treads and are getting to paint the stair risers white. There is a 1/8 to 1/16" gap on the left hand side. Gap is both between riser and skirt and stair tread and skirt. Width if gap varies in each step. I was...
  11. interior stair risers pushed in

    It's an old house and a couple of the stair risers have gotten pushed in at the bottom where the step and the riser meet resulting in a gap of up to nearly 1" in places. There's no access to the stairs from underneath. I'm considering two options: 1. attach a replacement riser over the old ones...
  12. Extracting a broken sprinkler riser?

    Landscaping & Lawn Care
    I picked up a extractor tool to get the broken riser out of the pipe but all it is doing is scraping out the riser rather than sticking into the riser and grabbing it. Any suggestions on how to get the broken riser out? Thanks, SCS
  13. HELP! Part VII

    Hello again, it's mister "biting off more than I can chew" Today's distress signal involves the stairs. Now I'm not going to be doing these this weekend (hardwood floors), but soon after they'll need to be addressed. Up to this point, my game plan was to do the following (this was BEFORE I...
  14. Am I SCREWED? Stairs & building code.

    Building & Construction
    I'm in the process of completing a largish (1400 ft^2) 2 story addition on my home. Don't even ask when the first permit was pulled - life intervened for awhile. Anyway, I recently removed the window and wall from the existing house to make the entrance for the addition. There is a landing...