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  1. 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...
  2. Flooring
    Hey Everyone, I want to finish these stairs but I'm not sure how. My wife would like the risers to be white and the treads to be grey (paint color that will match the vinyl flooring). I'm assuming there is a special paint for this? Will I need to prime the stairs first before I paint? The main...
  3. 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...
  4. Painting
    I pulled the carpet off of my stairs and revealed pine treads. The staircase is the first thing you see when you open the front door so I am concerned that I will either screw it up or that it will look cheap. I want to mention a few things; I have three dogs, so carpet or a runner are not...
  5. Remodeling
    I purchased a house built in 1987. It was in very good condition but dated and dark. I'm hoping to change that, but for various reasons I've found myself doing almost every remodeling project myself. I know quite a bit, but I don't know everything. That's where you all come in (hopefully) - to...
  6. Carpentry
    Im currently replacing the treads and risers (risers will be painted). two questions...Im assuming I can just poly the treads WIThOUT staining them correct? and secondly can i poly them prior to installing them? I was thinking of polying them right up until the last coat, i could then...
  7. Carpentry
    Hello, I bought red oak stair treads from one of the big box stores. They came sanded to a 150 grit finish. I sanded them to a 220 grit finish then stained them with oil-based stain. I did two coats of stain and as it was drying noticed that there are small wet spots on the wood. It...
  8. Flooring
    All: I am having carpet installed in 2 weeks in my basement. They will be carpeting the stairs using waterfall method. My issue is that the stairs were previously open (no risers) and when I made my cuts for the risers, the pine boards were 1/2" short. Because of where the house...
  9. Painting
    I am finishing some new finger-jointed pine stair treads. I primed them. Sanded them mostly to knock the raised grain off. I have put one coat of Benjamin Moore Porch and Floor paint on. The can says I can re-coat after an overnight dry. It doesn't say anything about another light sanding before...
  10. Carpentry
    I replaced 4 of my stair treads with 2x12 redwood and each of the pieces is cracking in the center around 6 inches in. Ironically, the reason I am changing them is because the old pressure treated treads were cracking in the middle also. I used 3 screws on each side to screw each tread into...
  11. Flooring
    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...
  12. Flooring
    Hi folks - Any advice on how to do hardwood on stairs? Could I install the normal planks for the tread and use nosing or do I need to buy the one-piece solid wood treads from the local flooring shop. I know the second option gets pretty pricey so I'd like to make the planks work if that's...
  13. Carpentry
    I want to replace the carpet on my stairway. The problem I have is that on the bannister side of the stairs, there is already a portion that is made of wood. I have now determined that this wood is red oak. But, the wood is only 1/2" higher than the plywood, over which the carpet was...
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