Stair problem.

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Topic by Beeguy posted 06-13-2008 07:12 PM 3569 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-13-2008 07:12 PM

I am new to this group and this is my first question. I live in a bi-level style house. When you enter the front door there is a small landing ~ 5’6” x 6’6”. Then stairs go up or down from here. The staircase in question ,for now, is the stairs leading up. They always seemed a little steep but I never really gave them much thought until now. I recently installed hardwood floors (3/4” red oak) on the upper level. The floor and the stairs were carpeted with floor having a 3/4” plywood subfoor. After completing the floor I moved to the stairs and that is when I noticed the problem and then understood why the stairs always felt steep. The stair tread is only a 2×10 which was covered with carpeting, which is a less than 9” without the carpeting. There is about a 7 1/2 inch rise. There are 5 treads six steps total counting the top which is the floor. The total run is 41”.

I think this is the result of a missing course of block in the lower level which is less than 8’ high. So in order to accomodate this I think they made the stairs smaller than they should have. Poor planning, shortcuts, whatever, it no longer matters. I have to try and fix it.

After tossing around a bunch of ideas I think the best thing I can do is make the tread a little wider and use the existing 2×10s as the base for a hardwood cover with a bullnose over hang. I can probably add two inches to each tread. But I am limited by the landing. I know I could also cut back into the floor area to give me more room and actually add another step but that would take a lot of rework with the floor and the railing above the stairs. So I am thinking if I keep the rise the same but actually extend the run a little on each step it will be safer and not feel so steep. I did not notice it so much when I was younger but my dad always seemed to go up and especially down with caution. Now with a bad knee and getting older I know why.

Any suggestions or thoughts would be appreciated.

Now I am off to replace a bathrtub fa;ucet. Been dreading the thought of this one for years as the builder did not give me an access panel, so I have to remove all the tiles before I can even start.


-- Ron - Kutztown, PA

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06-14-2008 12:31 AM

Sounds like it would work for getting a wider tread. The main thing with stairs, you want to keep the rise on all of the steps the same. Your mind will get use to the amount of rise and how much to pick up your foot to go to the next step. If this height is off very much, you’ll have to watch as you take each step, or you’ll be fall down a lot.

-- Tim

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07-07-2008 06:02 PM

I have not accessed this forum for a while, so you may have already done this work.

The only thought I have is with extending the treads by up to 2”, you may want to bring the facing on the riser out so your overhang is 1-1/4” from the bull nose to the riser. It seems if you have too much overhang, you may create a trip hazard as you climb up the stairs.

I did a quick google search and found this link:



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