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    In process of laying hardwood floor in 2nd floor hallway and will continue down stairway. The stairway is currently carpeted which has been removed. Must I remove the current MDF treads and risers(because of built-in bullnose) and re-do with plywood or can I pack out and square off with new plywood on top of current treads and risers? If I must remove the current MDF what is the best way since it is now nailed and glued and seems like it would be very difficult. Thanks

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    Hello, YES the proper way is to remove all existing treads, pry bar, cats paw needed unless you can gain access under the stairway to bang up on treads. This is a very time consuming process and there is no real fast way of doing so. Remove treads, install new oak ones to match.If you build on top of existing you then change the dimensions of the rise of treads which now become a hazard. Its not difficult to do, its just labor intense and time consuming. Hope this helps. GregC
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    Quote Originally Posted by GregC View Post
    Hello, YES the proper way is to remove all existing treads, pry bar, cats paw needed unless you can gain access under the stairway to bang up on treads. This is a very time consuming process and there is no real fast way of doing so. Remove treads, install new oak ones to match.If you build on top of existing you then change the dimensions of the rise of treads which now become a hazard. Its not difficult to do, its just labor intense and time consuming. Hope this helps. GregC

    GregC, unless your seing something Im not, why cant he add the flooring on top of the existing treads. The way I see it, is if he's adding the same thickness on the 2nd floor,down the existing treads,on the lower level floor the riser hgts will still be the same height as the existing ones at the end of the day. It sure would save him alot of work.
    Am I looking at this wrong?
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    By the way GregC, Your quick belt systems pretty sweet.,

    Good Luck with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo View Post
    The way I see it, is if he's adding the same thickness on the 2nd floor,down the existing treads,on the lower level floor the riser hgts will still be the same height as the existing ones at the end of the day. It sure would save him alot of work.
    Am I looking at this wrong?
    That's how I saw it too, however the question remaining is how to deal with the currently bullnosed threads when overlaying with the hard wood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A. Spruce View Post
    That's how I saw it too, however the question remaining is how to deal with the currently bullnosed threads when overlaying with the hard wood.
    Well my last post went to the moderator again.....

    Ok here go again.
    Spruce I knew you would be the one to ask that question..lol

    Depending on what kind of flooring it is will determine how to make it work. Is the flooring the thin engineered or full 3/4 thick. They make bullnose for both types for stairs.
    The moderator has the links I sent for a bunch of different kinds of nosing.....

    The only thing that may come into play is head room due to paddding the riser out to the nose then adding a new engineered bullnose.....Hopefully it will be ok
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo View Post
    Spruce I knew you would be the one to ask that question..lol
    Always the trouble maker, aren't I?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo View Post
    Depending on what kind of flooring it is will determine how to make it work. Is the flooring the thin engineered or full 3/4 thick. They make bullnose for both types for stairs.
    One would assume that the existing tread nose would need removal so that new tread/nose is fully supported.
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