12:37PM | 10/13/01
Member Since: 10/12/01
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We just recently opened up a wall between the hallway and the adjacent room. The intention was to create a thru-way and open up the stairs so they have matching railings both sides. Originally one side of the stairs had open stringers and spindles and handrail and the otherside was of course butted up to the original wall. The house is 25 years old and we are not sure if we can remove the treads without having to go into the back of the stairs where it is closed in due to a finished basement. Anyone have any suggestions.


03:31PM | 10/13/01
Member Since: 09/23/01
242 lifetime posts
You should be able to do all of your work from above. I am guessing that you want to add a handrail and balusters to the other side and that you need to change the treads. Being that your house was built in the 70's, it's a good chance that the stringers are notched 2x12's with either 1/2",3/4" plywood or 3/4" pine risers and 2x12 treads. Remove the handrail and balusters, Start at the top of the stairs, pry up the treads and then pry between the riser and may need to use a sawzall to cut the your way down to the bottom...when you go to replace the treads, start from the bottom and work your way up, use construction adheasive and screws, screw the tread down to the jacks and screw thru the riser into the tread.


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