Thanks for all of the suggestions. I went with Bea's (and later, other
posters) suggestion and used a joint compound.
I couldn't find my regular joint compound, so I used "Fixall" by Custom
instead. It had the advantage of allowing me to paint it with latex paint
right after I applied it, so I got the edge fill and painting done at the
The edges finished up very nice.
OMG! Epoxy? LOL
That's a lot of mixing the two parts, expense and the epoxy would be harder
than the chip board!. Nice strong edge but may not sand evenly when the
chipboard wears away with sandpaper, unevenly.
If you're painting just use drywall mud. Works well.
My husband and I have carpeted stairs made of paticle board. I'd like to ditch the carpet, scrape out the staples, fill those particle boards and paint the stairs.
I have read everyone's ideas for filling and smoothing a surface. This surface will need to be durable enough to withstand continual foot scraping and weight changes as we run up and down stairs. And the treated surfaces must be sandable.
Which filler would you gentlemen recommend? Any recommended type of paint for such stairs?
On 09/06/2016 3:33 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I think that removing the carpet and trying to seal the particle board
is a bad idea. Stairs are one of the highest traffic areas in the
house, and particle board does not hold up to that type of use. Even
the type used in high quality furniture when finished does not hold up
to heavy use.
The steps would have to be sealed to moisture, and that sealing compound
applied frequently so that moisture does not get into the particle
board. Edges of the particle board will become chipped off, and gouges
will appear in the steps.
If you want to rid the stairs of carpet, I would look at something I saw
at Lowes the other day. It is essentially a wood vernier for stairs
like you have. It is made of oak, but is much thinner than the
traditional wood steps. It is designed with a lip that would cover the
edge of the particle board underneath.
I suspect you will see it a lot in the mid range and lower priced home
On Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 1:19:50 PM UTC-4, -MIKE- wrote:
Aren't those going to throw off the rise of the top step? Assuming the steps
are all evenly spaced now, isn't the rise from the top step onto the
landing/hallway going to be .625" less than rise of the rest of the steps?
A minor problem going up, but it could be a safety issue coming down.
As my grandfather used to say when explaining the proper way to build steps:
"The feet remember."
The URL is what I was referring to in my first post to this thread. I
thought it was one piece.
I don't see 5/8 of an inch causing a large safety problem. Especially
considering the alternative that was being discussed in this thread.
IME, folk don't take code compliance, with regard to variance in step
heights of stairs, seriously enough ... in particular should aging/elder
residents being involved.
The maximum variance from the first step to the last in most municipal
building codes is 3/8".
So yes, a 5/8" variance from first to last step could indeed be a
problem, particularly in a future sale where a seller's disclosure is
required, or a third party inspection is required.
Anyone contemplating what the OP is contemplating should do some careful
measurements, taking into account the height of the finished floor to
both the first, and the last step, or any intermediate landing, to
insure the maximum 3/8" variance requirement is met.
A failure to disclose/remedy could result in a liability issue for a
owner/seller/lessor, now, or in the future.
On Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 3:48:03 PM UTC-4, Leon wrote:
Sounds to me like a future plan, not a completed task.
They *have* something that they'd *like to* change.
Unless Clare has had other communications with the OP, I'm curious how
he can claim:
"The steps are already non-standard because the carpet has been removed."
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