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Hardwood Stair Installation – Part 2

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OK, continuing on from where we left off –  So when I figured out my width of my treads, what I usually do is I will set my nosing piece in there, get it sitting in there where I want it, I’ll look underneath, get an even space, I like to allow just a little bit of extra room, so it’s not right tight against the riser part. So I got a little bit of play in there if I need it, maybe not even an eighth of an inch. Then what I will do is I would take measurements here. Usually it’s going to be within reason to be equal.

hardwood on stairs 3This space underneath here will allow you to have a little bit of movement one way or another too, just so you can get an equal measurement there, just make sit easier for cutting all your pieces. So then I’ll just go to the miter saw and cut the lengths that I need to fit this direction and as well to the table saw to rip the one down that we’ll fit at the back, it will be a solid piece, but like I said, I have that all pre-cut.

So I’ve got my pieces here, so what I am going to do, set them out of the way. I’ve already test fitted, so I know that everything fits, so I am going to take this nosing piece off and I will put some of the construction adhesive on here again and then I can set all my pieces back in. Again, same thing, I am just putting a nice big set of adhesive there. I like to get a bit across the front as well and right out on the back top edge if the riser panel that we put on there.

I am trying to keep in back so it doesn’t squirt out onto the surface here underneath. That will just help glue those pieces nicely together. Okay. So there’s that. Now we’ve got our back piece, which is the one that we ripped down and it’s a solid length. I am just going to lay that right back in there. My other pieces, this is a two-piece section that I cut up, I am just holding it into place, get it fit together and try not to get any adhesive on my fingers.

Okay. So that’s started together, now we’ve got our nosing piece and same thing. Just lay it down in there, get the groove lined up, push everything back tight, make sure these joints stay tight, just get everything sitting nice where you want to, so you’ve got a nice fit back here, you’ve got a nice fit on the wall and everything should be nice down there as well.

hardwood on stairs 4There’s the odd time and I’ve got that situation right here where this piece here is wanting to cup up just a little bit, so I am getting a little bit of a leap right here. Sometimes you can just put some weight on it and it will stay down, held down in the glue, once the glue dries, sometimes you’ll have to maybe put a brad nail in there, hold that down, just so you don’t get that leap there. The rest feels good.

So I’ll have to put some weight on that, before the glue sets up and just held that down in place. So you can see, there’s not really too much to it, the hardest part is getting your pieces all cut and arranged, so you are not banging up your walls and get a nice cut fit there, so that it looks good. Also just try to be sure that you’re treads are going on level.

If the existing framework that you are working with is a little out of kilter, front to back, then I would just adjust my front riser piece, maybe it needs to be raised up a little bit so that this is not a huge sloper. So just play around with that, get these nice and leveled. I don’t think there’s anything really more I can tell you about… it’s just more of the same, one stair after the other.  Hopefully this has been helpful.

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