We had carpeted stairs on our back staircase that are pine treads. We
want to remove them and install Oak treads that will not be carpeted.
Are there any tricks to removing the old treads? They seem to be
installed with 9 nails and some liquid nails. When removing the treads
will the risers be ruined and need replacing as well?
Any secrets for installing the new oak treds? We want to make sure
there is no squeeking - is that just a matter or screwing the stairs
into the runners or are there other tips and tricks for this as well?
Any info would be great. thanks.
Sounds like a cheap set of stairs. Good stairs are built with the
treads, risers inserted in motises and 'squeak proofed' with glued in
wedges. If they truly are installed just by nailing, it shouldn't be a
problem to remove, just very messy. It will help a bunch if you can
get at them from underneath. It shouldn't ruin the stringers with a
bit of care in the removal.
I built a set for my basement to replace the exterior access (old
house) and only nailed the treads and risers - no squeaks but it isn't
used all that much.
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