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09-02-2011 02:44 AM

I’m Replacing laminate hardwood trimmed and carpeted stairs (laminate with nose trim on the ends and carpet up the middle) with solid cherry treads and risers in my home. I am unable to find all red faced cherry wide enough so I’m going to edge join (possibly book match) the treads. I was planning to screw down the treads and risers and plug the screw holes flush. I pulled up a few stairs to see what I’m dealing with and they are all solid plywood treads with 2x solid wood risers. They seem squareflat and solid although I won’t know for sure till I get them all pulled up and all the adhesive that was holding down the laminate removed . My question: Can I just glue the new solid wood risers and treads in place with construction adhesive? Or some other type of adhesive? It’s not like the surfaces will be so flat and even that I can just laminate the hardwood to the underlayment using woodworkers glue, at least I don’t think so. It will drive me crazy if any of them ever squeak. I’m also worried that If I don’t finish both sides the steps will warp or crack over time so I’m wondering if an adhesive will stick to a poly finish on the bottom side. Any advice?? The treads will be 10 1/2” wide.
Thanks for any advice you all can offer.

-- Ken


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#1 posted 09-02-2011 08:58 AM

Thanks Gary

-- Ken

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#2 posted 09-04-2011 09:30 AM

Any recommendations on how to deal with wood movement? The treads will be 10 1/2 inches wide. I’m thinking I’ll put three or four screws across the center of the board and allow about a 1/8 inch space under the riser for expansion, with the overhang at the front of the step free to move. Or do I even need to worry about movement?

-- Ken

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#3 posted 09-04-2011 11:29 AM

I am far from an expert on this, but generally I have found expansion indoors depends more on where you live and how you run your heating and air. I live in NC where we can have some significant humidy swings outdoors, but as my wife has about a 4 degree comfort zone, relatively little humidy swings indoors. As such I have yet to experience (or notice anyway) any significant (or moderate for that matter) issue with expansion inside the house. As my shop is only heated or cooled when I am in it, I definately experience expansion there and have to build with it in consideration.

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