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brensexton

07:19PM | 10/18/04
Member Since: 10/17/04
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I am refurbishing my inlaws oak stairs because they wanted me to install new oak stairs, but when I removed the carpet off of their steps there were oak treads in good condition (other than some nail holes)underneath. Now they want them sanded and refinished. I have two questions before I proceed.

#1 Is it better to remove the steps so I can get to the edges and sand & finish them easier.

#2 The steps are nailed in with finish nails and are squeaking. If I also use liquid nails can I use finish nails to reinstall them or should I use wood screws that will have to be puttied over?

THANKS for any advice!!

Bren

alexh

11:05AM | 10/20/04
Member Since: 10/28/02
30 lifetime posts
#1 Is it better to remove the steps so I can get to the edges and sand & finish them easier.

Yes, mark them so you can return them to the same location. I would first finish the back side/edges to seal them - helps prevent warping. Put blue tape on the front side edges first so you don't end up with hard to sand drips. Then sand front side with RO or even better use a sanding block with the grain as last step. I wouldn't finish before installing because the nail/screw holes won't look right.

#2 The steps are nailed in with finish nails and are squeaking. If I also use liquid nails can I use finish nails to reinstall them or should I use wood screws that will have to be puttied over?

The best solution IMO, is to get a drill set/counterbore set + plug cutter. Use this to screw down tread and put a matching plug in (Use a tapered plug cutter for invisible plug). Of course you will have to get matching wood to cut plugs. Cut off plugs with a flush cut saw which has teeth on one side only (don't use chisel). You can get all of this stuff at a specialty hardware store and if you only get one size drill/counterbore + plug cutter it won't cost you much. Looks a hell of a lot better than puttied nail holes. Liquid nails under the treads won't hurt. Finish nails don't hold worth a damn. If you must use nails use spiral nails but they are kind of hard to find.


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