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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Wood Stairway

    Quote Originally Posted by basswood View Post
    Hi,

    IMO, using flooring for stair treads is not the best idea. It can create both practical and code issues. Solid, full-size treads work best and are less work.

    Remember if you add 3/4" to all the treads, you have to also add 3/4" to the landing at the bottom or the first rise is taller than all the rest by 3/4"... the code max riser variation is 3/8"

    http://www.stairways.org/pdf/2006%20...C%20SCREEN.pdf

    Also you have to cut all the original nosings off, since max nosing thickness is 1-1/4", etc.

    Plenty of considerations. Stair cases are not a good place to get it wrong... falls can be a killer.

    All the best,

    Basswood

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    Bass, if he's adding flooring on the 2nd floor,treads,and first floor the riser hgt is still going to be the same hgt as it is before he starts. Look at it this way, if he was going to use 3/4 flooring and the hgt from floor to floor was 100" before he added it. He would still have 100" in finished hgt after he added the flooring on the 2nd floor and 1st floor.
    He can add the same flooring on top of all the existing treads and still have the same rise as he did before he started.
    The treads will be solid, Ive seen it done many times over the yrs.
    How do we know the stairs arent a pre-made common set of box stairs whipped up in some factory. The stringer may be routed out for the treads and risers with wedges pinned in. It could be a bigger night mare if he's a diyer novice. He would need to start from scratch. Im sure just adding the flooring on the treads and building out the riser towards the nosing will be less of a head-ache for him.
    Gizmo

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    Default Re: Wood Stairway

    Gizmo,

    The OP only mentioned adding flooring to the 2nd floor and stairs.

    That is why I mentioned the problem of adding height to the stairs without adding height to the first floor.

    Gotta run. Cheers,

    Basswood

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    Default Re: Wood Stairway

    Thanks for the responses. I am going to use 3/4 thick flooring, glued and nailed, whether its the original MDF or if I put 3/4 plywood on top of MDF. Another idea I had was to use jig saw and carefully cut the bullnose off of the current MDF. That way I do not think any dimensions will be changed, ie. everything gets elevated by the 3/4" flooring. I am an experienced woodworker/home remodeler but haven't run into this before. Thanks again, some good discussions and ideas.

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    Bass, when he said he was heading down the stairs it was hard to tell if he was doing the lower floor or not. If he's not the lower risers the only riser that will be different. And it may not be much different if there already carpet/padding/tack strip down there now. I doubt who ever cut the stairs deducted the carpet and padding into the stair layout, Heck I never do.....

    This has been some good discussion anyways....
    Gizmo

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