First question in the Carpentry forum but I read a lot here :yes:. I just took up the carpeting on one of the steps of my 100 year old house to see what was what. Couple of pictures attached. You can see lots of paint splatters and general crud on the stairs and moulding at the side. The treads are heart pine like the floors and I would like to restore them to a better condition sans carpeting. My question concerns the best way to go about this. I see I could just rip up the carpet and tack strips and sand/refinish each tread, repaint the risers and replace the moulding that goes on the riser underneath the tread that was removed to apply the carpet. Due to all the corners I can see quite a bit of hand sanding which is hard for me due to shoulder problems but not impossible. I assume I could rent an appropriate sander to do the majority of the work. Other option is to remove the treads and run them through a drum sander (excuse to buy a new tool and I do have good dust collection) Problem is the moulding on each side overlaps the treads and would need to be removed on at least one side. Removing both would be best as it looks like hell from someone just slopping on a thick coat of latex right over anything that was on it including what looks to be some kind of jute padding residue. There are 17 stairs and the moulding is one continuos length on each side. Some of the applied moulding is cracked and/or broken and needs to be replaced anyway. Anyone have an opinion on the best way to proceed? One sub-question. The moulding on the sides overlaps the treads which means to me the treads were put down first. If so how in the world was the moulding cut so accurately to fit exactly at each tread and riser and especially around the front of the tread where it hangs over the riser remembering the moulding in one long piece. Maybe I'm wrong and they were assembled somehow else. Would like to know though if anyone can say. pictures below.
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