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  1. Deck stairs with closed stringers and angle brackets

    Building & Construction
    My new 10x13 deck is almost done and needs stairs. Deck floor is 41in. from ground, stairs opening is 36 in. (the min allowed) and we access deck from the house 95% of the time, so stairs are used occasionally for taking trash out, access alley ... Given all the many [small?] mistakes I made...
  2. Trying to update stairs...but need to install a middle stringer.

    Carpentry
    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...
  3. Stair railing

    Carpentry
    Hoping that I can get some suggestions on the easiest/most affordable way of doing a railing like this. I'm thinking that what I will do is use 4x4 posts and wrap them in MDF to make them look a bit more substantial but I'm running into a bit of a block with the diagonals. I was thinking of just...
  4. Basement stairs

    Building & Construction
    I'm 71 and the house is a year or two older than me. Basement stairs need a redo. The basement stairs follow the line of the stairs to the second floor and there is not much I can do about that. The treads are 2x10 nominal x 36 approx. The three stringers appear to be fine. But the treads...
  5. Correct way to install stair runner

    Flooring
    Hey everyone. I'm new here at the DIY chatroom. Hopefully someone here can offer some advice. I'm going to attempt to install a stair runner for the first time. Currently it's just regular wood treads. I've watched videos and read articles, but keep running into conflicting information. Can...
  6. Very Loose Newel Post

    Carpentry
    If anyone has experience with a railing like this one, please tell me how to fix this very loose newel post. 1. I assume the bottom of the newel post has a dowel going into the bullnose step? House was built in 1954, if that makes a difference. 2. Do you think the dowel is screwed into the...
  7. Renovating a Staircase

    Carpentry
    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...
  8. Hardwood Flooring Around Cutaway Staircase

    Flooring
    Hi All, After a long new-dad delay and my own overdone and overbuilt subfloor prep (1.5" now, no squeaks!), which included sistering a joist, I'm nearly ready to lay the first piece of flooring- almost 2 years on! The flooring has been properly acclimated, to say the least. This room is my...
  9. Squeaky Stairs

    Carpentry
    I recently bought a 2 level condo. There is a very squeaky staircase between floors. The stairs squeak individually a bit, but the big sound is the wall on one side which creaks and groans when walking. I believe the treads and risers could use some construction caulking and shims, but the...
  10. Safe to Open Basement Stairwell Wall - Load-Bearing?

    Building & Construction
    Hi, new to the forum but have been scouring through old posts to see if I could find a thread with a basement setup similar to mine to determine if a wall I want to remove is load-bearing or not. The scenario is this: I'm remodeling my basement. The stairwell has two walls on either side the...
  11. Permit cost for a deck stairs

    Building & Construction
    Hi, I recently submitted an application of city permit for my DIY project to add stairs to an existing deck, providing some plan docs that describe what to build: Basically 4' height with 7 steps, 5' width, a concrete pad for the bottom to land on, and with some railings. The permit invoice...
  12. Basement stairway drop measurements

    Carpentry
    I had to move my basement stairs in three feet from the door and replace the non-code stairs with nine step stairs. The bottom step comes three feet from the back wall of my basement. Now, I'm 5'10" and on the 3rd step I still have 38 inches to drop to be able to get down the stairs. I cut out...
  13. I had quiet stairs...installed cove moldings...now creaky...

    Carpentry
    Hi guys, I just installed some cove moldings on my existing oak staircase in my 1960 home. The stairs appear to have had cove moldings under the treads at some point in their history (based on pattern seen in paint). I'm guessing they were removed when the stairs were carpeted in the past...
  14. Support for Interior Stair Railing

    Carpentry
    Safety issue here – I would appreciate any advice/suggestions/knowledge that anyone would be kind enough to provide. I know almost nothing about stairs and stair railing systems and their installation. My short iron stair railing system was removed to put in new stair treads and I need to...
  15. Needing antislip or nonslip flooring?

    Flooring
    I'm looking for hazard markers or products to secure my stairs from trips and falls. I'd rather make it a do it yourself project and as easy as possible since it will just be myself working on it. Any suggestions on brands or anything?
  16. Gap beside new stairs

    Building & Construction
    Hello folks! I'm remodeling my basement and I've put in risers and treads for new stairs on top of the existing vinyl tile which is on top of cement. Those existing stairs that I resurfaced are not particularly square, and neither is the drywall beside it which is also over concrete. As a...
  17. ugly extra area next to steps

    Carpentry
    There is an ugly area of wood that extends about a foot to the right of my steps leading upstairs. The wood also comes out about one inch in front of the steps. This area goes on a diagonal angle and goes through to the garage. It is so unsightly. Any suggestions?
  18. Trying to update my stairs.

    Building & Construction
    I am trying to update my stairs but i need to, at a minimum, replace one of my treads so i can update the stairs (i just ripped off the carpet) my problem is i feel like the stairs are holding themselves together and repetitively level. the reason i think this is because the stairs do not sit in...
  19. Hand/Guardrail needed?

    Carpentry
    Hi, I live in NYC and just purchased a home. I am wondering if a handrail or guardrail is required on this set of stairs? I am not sure if the most up to date code requires a handrail for a set of stairs that only has two risers. They connect and entry landing and the kitchen floor seen in the...
  20. Rebuilding Basement Stairs

    Building & Construction
    My basement stairs need to be rebuilt -- they are pushing 80 years old and have some cracks in the stringers. These original stairs just have the treads nailed through the stringers, which doesn't seem very good -- some of the treads are separating from the stringers and there are a couple...
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