Construction Adhesive on stair treads


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Old 02-08-24, 06:51 AM
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Question Construction Adhesive on stair treads

Redoing a set of stairs this weekend,new treads and risers. Is construction adhesive necessary to do this? If it was used on the current ones (probably 40 years old) will they be a lot of work to break loose? Everything online that talks about this shows using the adhesive to put them on, but nothing about taking them off other then using a reciprocating saw to cut the nails.
 
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Old 02-08-24, 08:34 AM
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Construction or other adhesive is used to prevent the stairs from squeaking. It's not necessary for strength.

You are correct. Removing treads & risers that have been glued & screwed/nailed can be a destructive and curse inducing process. I usually hammer a chisel or pry bar between the tread/riser and the stringer framing underneath. If your lucky you can split the two along the glue joint at least enough to get a saw blade in to cut the nails/screws or just keep prying until you get the nails out.
 
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Old 02-08-24, 02:39 PM
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OK, thank you. I only have 2 tubes of adhesive for one long flight of stairs. I don't suppose I have to use a ton of it to accomplish what I need to do. Also, what do you use to seal the tip of the tube in between uses? The things I have for my caulk just got stuck in the tube of adhesive.
 
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what do you use to seal the tip of the tube in between uses?
I use a nail long enough to go thru the spout into the tube.
 
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A screw or nail can go into the end of the applicator tip. You can put a wire nut or finger from a rubber glove over the outside. Still, the glue will eventually dry so you need to use it up.
 
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Thank you. One other quick question. My finish nail gun has 2 inch nails in it. My concern is these are a little too long for what I need, and thus likely to end up going in crooked or otherwise popping through the surface. When I nail the riser side to the riser from the back. What would the minimum length be that I could use? Or should I even bother nailing from the riser through the back of the tread. These stairs are only 31 in wide with no center stringer. They are 9 in in depth. Would finish nailing just the ends be sufficient?
 
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I'd think 2" nails would be fine for nailing the riser to the stringer.
When I nail the riser side to the riser from the back. What would the minimum length be that I could use?
can you further explain that?
 
 

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