Gap between stairwell and landing

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Forum topic by TZH posted 01-07-2011 08:55 PM 1347 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-07-2011 08:55 PM

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Does anyone have an idea on what type of sealant might work the best with a large gap that has appeared between our stairwell and the landing? We remodeled our home a few years ago, put in a new stairwell, and the whole thing settled a bit leaving a gap of between 1/2 to 1 inch wide the entire width of the stairwell (see photo).

I don’t think the same type grout used for the tile on the landing would work because it would just crack and fall out eventually because this is a pressure point. I thought about some type of colored silicone caulk but don’t want to just jump into this if someone else might have had some experience with this and doesn’t recommend it. Anyway, the wood is hickory.

Thanks for any feedback.


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#1 posted 01-07-2011 09:00 PM

How about a strip of hickory to match. Fill in the main gap and seal with silicone

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#2 posted 01-08-2011 01:31 AM

I would use sanded caulk that matches the grout, but I’d remove and replace the stair nosing first.

A general rule is to use caulk where dissimilar materials meet—and where directions change, like corners, of similar materials.

Good choice on woods. Hickory is one of my favorites for floors.

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#3 posted 01-08-2011 01:49 AM

If I am undrstanding this right ? the top tread has dropped 1/2 to 1 ” ?
If so, you want to get the top tread flush again. Make sure every tread is LEVEL. Caulking is just a mask.
(We had a saying when we attended finishing school. Cabinet makers cut it right, Carpenters use caulking to cover it up !

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