i need some help on this one. i dont like to install oak finished treads because i am not too happy with the way they turn out when i am done. so i cringe every time i have to do a set. i have a remodel this time so i am going to have to tear out the existing treads (2X12) and risers and install oak treads (1.062"X12) and painted risers. i am probably going to have to pad up treads 7/16" to allow for difference in tread thickness to keep first and top step same height. thats not my problem. i dont want squeaks and i dont want exposed nail or screw holes. i have ended up with both in the past.
i usually liquid nail down real good. i have shot 2" finish nails into treads, but they dont really suck them down like a screw would do. i have used trim head screws, thank goodness that set was getting a carpet runner down the middle. i am not opposed to using pocket screws, but how would i get to the treads. i guess i would have to start at the top and work my way down? but i would have to install the tread before putting on the front riser?
if i install treads tight to the skirt boards, could i be getting sqeak there. i need professional help, so Mr Hammond or alter eagle or someone, i need some input
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