What started out as a simple Sunday project of replacing some risers and treads on the stairs of my lower unit of my duplex has quickly escalated. As some background info the house was built in 1893 and has been rather poorly maintained. The last few owners have been investors that could have given two sh*ts. So here we stand. I had to lay concrete for the stringers to sit on, and plan on securing them to the concrete using a 2x12 secured into the concrete and then attaching the stringers to the 2x12 from the side. Where my big problem lies is that the rim joist(s) and I use plural because there were basically 2, one rotted piece of wood secured to the original very rotted piece of wood, need to be replaced. The joists themselves are a bit rotted as well, although not terrible. I am wondering if am able to replace the rim joists and get them secured (even partly th the brick if needed) if that will be sufficient to have the stringers hung. Whew...sorry for the long winded explanation, and I will try to get pictures up tomorrow. Any help is appreciated!