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maryannes

05:45AM | 03/31/05
Member Since: 02/09/05
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Hi all,

I am trying to replace my carpet stairs with wood stairs. I have searched everywhere and cannot find my problem answered.

The stringers on my stairs have an 11" run (instead of what I surmise should be 10"). The treads I just purchased are a standard 11". How will I get the stairnose to hang over the front of the riser?

If I pull the tread forward, and leave a 1" gap behind it, I can build that out on the next stair by padding the riser with 1" board. However, the problem is cumulative... the next stair will need to be built out 2", then 3"....

Is there another answer? I would really appreciate any advice.


Piffin

06:04PM | 04/02/05
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
You can't just go buy any old tread and expect it to fit. If you need a wider than average tread, it has to be made up.

Excellence is its own reward!


julief

12:03PM | 04/22/05
Member Since: 04/21/05
4 lifetime posts
Hi,

You may have already received an answer, but here's some info anyway. You will have to cut the old tread off so that it is flush with the riser. You can choose to add new riser material or not. Try to have a total measurement of 25" combined (7" rise, 11" run, 7" rise). To avoid a tripping hazard their should be no more than 1/4" difference for any step.

Hope this is helpful.

Piffin

02:40AM | 04/23/05
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
She's just rying to replace treads, niot redesign the whole staircase

Excellence is its own reward!


julief

02:59AM | 04/23/05
Member Since: 04/21/05
4 lifetime posts
Do you ever offer actual help or do you simply log on here to make sarcastic comments to other people's questions?

julief

02:59AM | 04/23/05
Member Since: 04/21/05
4 lifetime posts
Do you ever offer actual help or do you simply log on here to make sarcastic comments to other people's questions?

Piffin

04:29AM | 04/23/05
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
do you want two replies or can I make do with jus this one. I do this for a living. Have for 35 years. The only way for her to replace treads is to have the right size treads to replace them with. She did not ask how to redesign a staircase. Your advice was not directed to the question asked and it appeared that you misunderstood what she asked so I pointed that out. No sarcasm intended. If you are too sensitive to take helpeful redirects, then you are too sensitive to be interracting with folks on the web.

Now if she wants to rebuiild the whole stair, that is fine too, but a whole lot more expensive and troublesome than simply having some properly build treads made in a shop. she gort the wrong size treads. to compare to dealing with an automobile, my suggestion was to find a shop that sells enough tires that they can sell her the right size tires for her car, instead of just getting what was on the rack on sale. Your suggestion was more like telling her how to replace the drive train to fit the ties she had in hand. Which makes more sense?

Excellence is its own reward!


julief

04:41AM | 04/23/05
Member Since: 04/21/05
4 lifetime posts
If you truly had 35 years of experience, you would know that she can use the treads that she bought just by cutting off the nose of the old tread.

Men who are threatened by women with a little knowledge are so pathetic.

Piffin

05:14AM | 04/23/05
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
is a dangerous thing - especially when you don't have an idea how little you know. Somethig obvious from your advice.

Has nothing to do with women - not from my side anyway. I'm as likely to hire a woman as a man

Excellence is its own reward!


maryannes

09:31PM | 04/23/05
Member Since: 02/09/05
5 lifetime posts
Julie, thank you for your answer. I'm not sure I did a great job explaining the situation. I understand what you're suggesting, but cutting off the nose of the existing treads doesn't solve my problem. The old tread would still be 11" (the run of the stringer). My new treads are only 11.5" - not enough to leave a bullnose overhang.

Mr. Piffin, I didn't respond to your original reply because it seemed terse and not really intended to help me. I already own the treads. Your solution would require returning the old ones (which would include a restocking fee) and ordering custom ones. My question was how I could make these new treads work.

In the end, a friend's husband who is quite a woodworker provided a solution for me. I am cutting a 1" strip from my spare treads, and appending each tread with biscuits/glue. After sand/stain/poly, you can barely see the seam. So now I will have 12.5" treads, which will overhang nicely from my 11" stringers.

btw, I got these treads on clearance for $3/ft. That's why I'm trying to make them work.
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