Building hardwood stairs
Building hardwood stairs can be a little tricky for first-time homebuilders. If a landing is added, the project can even be more challenging. It’s not too difficult to figure out if you just think for a second what it is you are trying to do.
You need to consider what type of stairway is best. This depends mostly on what kind of space you are dealing with and what your preferences are.
If you look at it that way, it’s just a matter of deciding how wide to make the treads, stepping off the number of treads, and then dividing the height of the stairway by the number of treads. That gives you the riser height.
A strong type of lumber needs to be used for the stringers. You need the best lumber you can buy for building stairs. Usually a knot-free 2×12 is the board of choice. You will need to secure the stringers to the top floor with joist hangers.
It’s easier to put the riser plate on first, then the tread plate will lay flush against the riser plate without any gaps. The plates need to be screwed into place. In this case, nails just won’t do the job. Also, if the treads protrude any more than 1 ½ inch beyond the riser, it becomes a tripping hazard.
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