Need help with remodelling stairs

Reply

  #1  
Old 03-16-16, 03:34 PM
S
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Earth
Posts: 105
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Need help with remodelling stairs

AS you can see from the pictures, the stairs of my home need work.

1) Need two spindles, not one (This is a 40 year old home, so build per old code)
2) Want to get rid of the carpet and put laminate cover (have Laminates in bed rooms).

Any suggestions? The steps are 43.5" long, 11" wide pine. I don't mind removing steps and replacing with new ones. I am fairly hands on, but not sure about the complexity of hand rail/spindles design and installation. Thanks for your help
Name:  stair1.jpg
Views: 298
Size:  38.5 KBName:  stair2.jpg
Views: 203
Size:  18.9 KBName:  stair4.jpg
Views: 224
Size:  27.2 KB
 
Attached Images  

Last edited by sethramesh; 03-16-16 at 03:50 PM.
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 03-16-16, 03:49 PM
P
Temporarily Suspended
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: NY
Posts: 10,982
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
I'm in the process of doing a job like that. We removed the carpet & we are going to sand & refinish the treads. I think that your treads can be refinished.
 
  #3  
Old 03-16-16, 04:00 PM
J
Member
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: USA
Posts: 4,814
Received 77 Votes on 72 Posts
Modern codes call for not more then 4" spacing.
No way would I suggest laminate flooring on a second floor, and would pass on any job suggesting using laminate on stair treads.
 
  #4  
Old 03-16-16, 04:00 PM
XSleeper's Avatar
Group Moderator
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: USA
Posts: 26,020
Received 676 Votes on 625 Posts
Looks like the dog chewed on one of those treads...

Hard to tell from just the pics, but replacing the treads with nice new oak treads might be the way to go on this one.
 
  #5  
Old 03-16-16, 04:38 PM
S
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Earth
Posts: 105
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Joe

Can you please educate why laminate is not suitable for second floor? I have these in bedrooms upstairs
 
  #6  
Old 03-16-16, 05:00 PM
J
Member
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: USA
Posts: 4,814
Received 77 Votes on 72 Posts
Loud to walk on, not even allowed in most condo's.
Near impossable to trim out along the landing tread without a trip hazzard.
Stairs are out of the guestion using laminate.
Laminate expands and contracts, there's just no way to trim it out and a allow for it.
This one subject has been discusted 100's of times on every DIY site.
All the pro flooring guys agree, no way should laminate be used on stairs.
 
  #7  
Old 03-16-16, 05:10 PM
S
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Earth
Posts: 105
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Ok. Thanks Joe for the explanation. May be I need to change carpet?
 
  #8  
Old 03-17-16, 02:23 AM
M
Forum Topic Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: USA - N.E.Tn
Posts: 47,663
Received 321 Votes on 285 Posts
Personal taste dictates whether or have oak or carpet. Carpet is cheaper. If you replace the treads it's a good idea to stain [or not] and apply 2 coats of poly prior to installation so the staircase is only closed down once for the final coat of poly. It's also quicker to stain, poly, sand and poly prior to installation.
 
  #9  
Old 03-17-16, 05:42 AM
P
Temporarily Suspended
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: NY
Posts: 10,982
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Carpet holds the dirt. I shampooed carpets for years. Run an extractor on it & the water will be black as the night. It doesn't matter how good it looks right now.
 
  #10  
Old 03-17-16, 05:47 AM
W
Member
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: USA
Posts: 6,709
Received 19 Votes on 18 Posts
Laminate on Stairs

What is the coefficient of expansion for the laminate? How much expansion would actually occur on an area the size of a stair tread?
 
  #11  
Old 03-17-16, 05:53 AM
S
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Earth
Posts: 105
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
On the spindles- Any ideas on replacing or alternates? I can change the steps with Oak and avoid laminate
 
  #12  
Old 03-17-16, 09:36 AM
C
Member
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 1,828
Received 97 Votes on 76 Posts
I wouldn't consider laminate for stair treads. You can buy precut treads (oak or southern yellow pine) at big box stores.

I've attached a picture of my current project. I'm redoing the stairs in a vacation home that we are readying for sale this spring. I wish I had a "before" photo. The stairs were carpeted (25 y/o, worn and ugly) and the railing/balusters were inexpensive tapered pine balusters with an undersized handrai and a dinged up newel with 50 years of paint.

I tore up the carpet and had the stair treads refinished for $300. They were ugly enough that I thought I would have to replace them but they came out OK. The stair parts in the photo are readily available at BigBox stores. I used square end oak balusters (average $8 ea), and an oak newel (oak veneer - $50). The underside of the rail ($90) is plowed to accept the balusters. I doweled the bottom of the balusters to the treads the top is glued and pinned and held in place by a shoe cut to fit the underside of the rail.

The entire project took one weekend after the stairs were refinished. That included tightening the treads to eliminate squeaks that have bugged my wife for years.

Name:  Stairs1.jpg
Views: 181
Size:  19.8 KB
 
  #13  
Old 03-18-16, 10:48 AM
S
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Earth
Posts: 105
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Looks great. Thanks. I will look at the options at home depot
 
Reply
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
 
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: