Build A Deck Part 5

The Residential Stair Tread Tape is a double-sided tape which helps prevent stair treads from sliding around, especially on slippery surfaces including carpeted and hardwood stairs. Often you have to eyeball the tread mark on the stringer from the side to align it with the riser dimension on the square, or else run a separate straightedge (such as the blade of another square) along the tread mark to bridge the air space over the edge ease or wane. Using Ceramic tile on the back half of your stair treads in conjuction with a stair tread nosing to create the front overhang.

In order to scribe the stairs with the carpet I believe it would be best to finish nail a strip of 1/4″ plywood over the carpet and into the wood below adjacent to each tread and riser that presses the carpet down and gives a hard surface to scribe to. After scribing they could be easily removed and the finished skirt pressed into the carpet. Another option is to cut the bull nose off the tread so it is flush with the existing riser. There is no room to have the uncut skirt board extend beyond the top of the stair.

Next, remove the skirt from the wall and, using a sample tread block and a sharp pencil, draw the nosing, using the slight arc you previously scribed from the tip of the nosing as your reference point. One advantage that I’ve found in scribing the skirt over the treads and risers is that the joint between the skirt and the finish stairs is not staring you in the face as you walk up the steps. Now we lay the tool on top of our new prefinished tread and scribe the edges for our cut.

Typically in today’s homes skirt boards are installed first, prior to carpet installation,as part of the stair structure The treads and risers are routed into the stringer and the stringer serves as structural support as well as the finished skirt. Being a stair to the basement there was the usual amount of objects to cut around and clear. Pictured on the right best describes the product showing a staircase with stair stringers/skirting capturing the entire scope of the system. Here you can see how thin the risers are, only 1/4”, but they do the job of covering the ugly, which was my main goal. Remove any old carpet padding and throw it away; do not try to reuse the padding.

Here the author installs ripped blocks beneath the tread above, leaving partially open risers. That’s basically what I did with my basement stairs, although I put cork flooring and hosings on the stair treads. I have 11 treads (at 10.5″ each) and 14 risers (at 8.5″ each) but there are two landings (3′ x 3′ each). The retrofit style stair treads are designed to be installed by the average do-it-yourselfer with common power tools.how to install stair tread

Provide handrails on each side of the stairway, especially where the stairway includes combinations of rectangular and tapered treads which require users to move from larger to smaller tread depths, depending on where one walks on the stair width. Hardwood Stair treads – A standard set will consist of 12 stair treads, 13 risers, and 1 stair nosing. Damaged wood can be expensive to repair or replace, so having these rubber stair treads in place is the perfect protection option.