I've got an open, 3-stringer staircase leading to my basement. 12 stairs in
total. 2 x 10 treads. There are 2x4 walls right next to the staircase. I
used some ledger lock bolts to screw the outside stringers to the 2x4 walls.
I am going to have them carpeted. I need to shore up the staircase by
adding 3/4 plywood for the risers. My question is about the carpet and the
tread material. If I carpet the stairs, do I need to change the treads to
thinner material? My thought is the addition of carpet to a 2x10 tread will
screw up the stair heights, especially on the first stair leading to the
Thanks in advance for your advice.