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Phil Jordan

03:03AM | 11/21/01
Member Since: 11/20/01
1 lifetime posts
The person I hired to install my wood floor
is also doing my stairs. He left the plywood
on the stairs with (uneven stringers). He is using 1.1/16" oak treads and is putting paper between the plywood and treads for squeaks.He says he does not need glue and is planning on finish nailing these treads to the uneven surface. This does not seem right to me. Any thoughts?

Jay J

01:51PM | 11/21/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi Phil Jordan,

WHen you say 'uneven', do you mean the plywood has 'hills and valleys', or do you mean the left is 'wider/narrower' than the right?

If it's the latter, stop the project! The stringers should be SQUARE.

If it's the former, then you might be OK, depending on the location and combination of the hills and valleys. At the same time, there is Leveling Compound that can be poured on the plywood to level it. I kinda have a slight 'affection' to squeaking steps. 1) As long as there are only a few, no problem. It's not like every step has them. 2) The squeaks are like a burglar alarm, if you know what I mean. You'll know, if you're a light sleeper like me, if someone is walking up or down the stairs.

Talk to your Contractor about leveling compound. My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: God Bless America!


01:27PM | 11/22/01
Member Since: 09/23/01
242 lifetime posts
The treads should be Screwed and glued down to the plywood with construction adheasive, however it would be best to remove the plywood. You need to check the height of the first riser and last riser, if adding 1" oak to the treads was not accounted for the first and last steps will be off. Who is installing your stair rail system?? Are the skirt boards installed?? Remember the stair treads should be level and equeal!

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