07:57AM | 09/04/02
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We recently purchased a home built in 1968. The great room had a transitional floor of hardwood and wall-to-wall carpet. The hardwood was nailed directly to the subfloor. The carpet had 1/2 inch plywood between it and the subfloor. The new flooring will be 100% hardwood. We've ripped up the old hardwood and are currrently removing the plywood. That's the easy part.

Our problem is the open stairway leading to the loft. It is in the former carpeted area. The four newells are toenailed into the old plywood, and of course the end of the riser rests on the plywood.

Do we need to remove the stairway (or jack it up, remove all the plywood, install the new flooring beneath it, then cut the end of the newells level with the new floor? Or can we cut the plywood from around the newells, leaving them on plywood "shims," and then refloor?

Any suggestions appreciated.

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