Stair Stringer Installation

February 7, 2019 by Matt Weber Back to my ongoing stair remodel… A funny thing happened on the way to installing the remaining treads: Everything went haywire. I’ll try to sum it up as succinctly as possible: After removing the old treads on the upper flight of the staircase, I Continue Reading

Stair Rail Removal

Getting back to my ongoing staircase remodel… I already replaced the lower flight of the split-level stair treads, but I couldn’t replace the upper flight before first removing the handrail. So, this next phase of the project called for some orderly demolition. Here’s the old stair rail, which appears nicer Continue Reading

Stair Tread Installation

Our last blog post showed how to remove wooden stair treads. This post will show how to install the new treads, which were provided by L.J. Smith Stair Systems. When I removed the treads, I found the stair stringers had been shimmed level with oak blocks (indicated with red arrow) Continue Reading

Stair Tread Removal

Okay, back to my ongoing staircase remodel… You’ll see in earlier blog posts that I’ve already stained and finished the new treads and newel posts. Now it’s time to remove the old treads in preparation for the new ones. Although the old treads weren’t the prettiest pieces in the world, Continue Reading

Staining Stair Parts, Cont’d…

Day 2 of staining the parts of our new stair system involved a lot of repetitive motion. After the wood stain had completely dried on the stair treads, I coated them all with gloss polyurethane. The poly should be applied in thin, successive coats and allowed to completely dry between Continue Reading