04:19AM | 05/19/14
After a lot of research and promises of youngest son is an expert on stairways and artistic ornamental metal, my oldest in construction as well. But as mom and dad (divorced) have constantly used them for help & paid them too, its difficult to get them to screw a screw into a wall. I read your article on retreading the stairs and it seemed to be my most viable option for basement stairs that were carpeted. The house was built in 1930, and I literally sawed each piece myself. Went with Kona stain, but made the mistake of painting the walls beside the stairs after install. So the sanding and polyurethane continue...but it looks much better. I tiled with slate the entryway to the back door, and hope to have the back door replaced after purchasing a couple vintage doors from a neighbor. The sanding is relentless. This neighborhood was also included in your magazine 10 top old house neighborhoods in 2011, in Reno, Nevada. Bought the house, which was a Catholic bookstore, with no doors or appliances, but soooo clean. I look forward to more ideas from you. I still haven't finished the shortened height of the riser on the bottom stair yet, or enclosed the bottom of the stairs. I am totally DIY except for the installation of the doors and the remodel of the bathroom ($10,000).
Thanks Pam
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