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kellyyouse

08:36AM | 03/07/03
Member Since: 09/11/02
78 lifetime posts
Bvbasement
Hi,

The stairway in my basement has several problems--splitting treads, inconsistent rises, worn wood in the stringers, etc. I'd like to re-build them, but a narrow floor opening and anchoring have given me some quandries.

My main problem would be anchoring the new stringers. I wanted to ask if it's safe and acceptable to attach a 2x12 nailer board to the existing joists (which run perpendicular to the stairway) and anchor the stringers to that. Basically, I need to do that to have enough vertical space.

Any suggestions would be most welcome!

Thanks,
Kelly

ACD

12:48PM | 03/11/03
Member Since: 10/15/02
359 lifetime posts
In a case like this, if you dont know what your doing, and you dont have friends who know how to do it, your best to hire someone who does know. Stairs are one of the things that is a must know when it comes to building from scratch. You have to keep the treads and risers to code and well as have strong anchor points. Very big liabilities if you dont adhere to the rules. If you are determined to do it yourself, find as many books you can on building stairs and structures and understand exactly what needs to be done before picking up a hammer.
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