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Project by nralien posted 09-22-2013 05:55 PM 960 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We decided not to carpet and covered the solidly glued down particleboard stairs with hardwood. Our upstairs is maple flooring and the basement is a cork floor so we wanted something to blend the two together. Maple treads and cherry risers. 6 years after deciding on a plan and ….voila, it’s done. Plus, I bought a new jigsaw for cutting off the old bullnose from the particleboard. Had an old, cheap black and decker and bought festool, which rocks!

-- nralien, Wausau, WI

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#1 posted 09-22-2013 06:03 PM

A beautifully done project for your home that you can enjoy for many years, not to mention the extra value you have created for your home. Good job!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#2 posted 09-22-2013 07:12 PM

nice work- you may want to look into pads for the treads to help protect the wood and add traction. after I re-did our basement stairs my dog wouldn’t go up or down them, so I had to buy them. They’re really inexpensive and easy to put in, just some 5/8” brads and a hammer.

again- nice job!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#3 posted 09-22-2013 08:26 PM

You are right about the festool jigsaw! It does rock, I always thought the Bosch was all I would have! It collects dust now.

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#4 posted 09-22-2013 10:23 PM

what a nice difference compared to carpet!

I really like the hand rail and niches too.

very nice look.

-- Mark - I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude.

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#5 posted 09-23-2013 02:26 AM

So far so good with our dog going up and down the stairs. I ordered clear 2” safety tape to put on the stairs for humans in socks. So far though I can’t bear to put anything on the stairs but the glow will fade.

-- nralien, Wausau, WI

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#6 posted 09-24-2013 12:27 PM

FYI – That tape will pull the finish off the stairs and look pretty ugly after awhile. Big mess to fix too.

If you feel you have to put something down, a carpet runner or pads would look and work so much better.

How about trying it for awhile without tape or a runner and see if it’s a problem?

Ps. I’ve had this conversation with clients at least a dozen times. About 25% went with a runner and the rest left it bare – said it was easier to clean and vacuum and “nobody’s fallen yet”.

-- Mark - I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude.

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#7 posted 09-25-2013 04:54 PM

Beautiful stairs, look professionally made. Like the choice of woods used. Great job!

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