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  1. Interior Decorating
    I've got a metal spiral staircase in my condo, and I'm having trouble finding a good solution for tread covers. I would love simple non-slip mats, and there are many great options for regular stairs (like this and this), but I can only find a few products for spiral stair cases and none come...
  2. Building & Construction
    Hello, I'm going to be undertaking a new weekend project to expand the under stair storage in my home, however I'm not sure what to do with two studs that help support the stair landing. I'm wondering if I can simply remove the center stud, or do I need to add a header? It looks like based on...
  3. Flooring
    Pergo recommends the use of adhesive on stairs only. So you don't NEED baseboard molding on the sides. Again, Pergo's installation guide is pretty vague on details. Here's the currently carpeted stairs which want to get some Pergo on them. https://ibb.co/xYy16Sj This video (and many others)...
  4. Building & Construction
    Hi. I have this middle stud here, below my stairs, that I need to remove to open the space. Does this looks like possible? Is this load bearing? It's my first DIY, so I'm looking after an opinion here. I do know that the big one in the left is, but not sure about this middle. Thanks!
  5. Building & Construction
    I am planning to build DIY stairs with blocks in the backyard like image below. If anyone did this before, can you please help me understand what is the proper way to prevent this from sliding off position given that patio will be sloping down and assuming a concrete pad is not an option? Also...
  6. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi, I'm based in the UK and live in a 2 bedroom maisonnette that was built in the 1920s. I have a bathroom which has a large cupboard which I'd love to convert it into a walk-shower, however every time it rains, there's a leak. (see images attached). Where do I begin? Can I ask my neighbour...
  7. Building & Construction
    So as I think I’ve mentioned in the past, my basement stairs were covered in lead paint. As such I covered the lead paint with a fresh coat of latex and some rubber treads. Well, the rubber treads kind of suck and are impossible to keep clean. Buddy of mine recently redid his basement stairs as...
  8. Building & Construction
    Hey all. Wondering if the walls outlined in red are load-bearing? Joist direction is marked in yellow, though I’m unsure of which way the joists on the upper level run. The goal here is to - hopefully - be able to open up this staircase. Not sure what other info might be necessary / helpful to...
  9. Carpentry
    Hi, friends. Just pulled carpet off these stairs and want to add prefinished maple treads. There's currently a subfloor-looking piece of wood that covers the stringers, but the attached photo shows what it looks like when you pull that off. My question is this: can I take a standard 1" new...
  10. Building & Construction
    We bought an early 1900s row home in october and after months of thinking about how I was to restore the stair treads (which had 5 layers of varnish plus faux painted wood grain), I decided the best way was to take the treads off and finish them at the wood shop. This very well might not be the...
  11. Building & Construction
    Background: I removed a wall adjacent to the first floor stairwell to our upstairs, and have a question regarding supporting the header going forward. There were 2 2x4's running perpendicular to the base of the header, and this was supported by a post of 2x4s running vertically down to the...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
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