We moved into our new house during early March and called the
insurance agent to inform her she could convert our coverage from
"house under construction" to "hobby house". When the sheetrockers
left in December we took all finish and flooring on ourselves.
Issue of the day is stair tread installation from the main floor to
the basement. Our stair structure currently consists of four notched
stringers topped with 2x12 construction steps that are temporarily
screwed to the stringers. No risers. The staircase goes down 1/2 way
to the basement and then turns 90 degrees to the bottom with eight
steps on each run. Oak flooring, with bull-noses has already been
installed at the main and landing levels. The upper run is 42" wide
and has sheetrock on both sides; the lower run (which will be done
later) is open on one side. We have purchased a set of 1-1/8" oak
treads from a local mill.
I always assumed we would:
1) Remove the construction steps and shorten the slightly to
2) Installation of skirt boards on both sheetrock surfaces (the
shortened steps would then be temporarily reinstalled to accommodate
working on the staircase).
3) Install the oak treads directly on the construction stringers using
construction cement and countersunk/plugged screws. I expect some
shimming but our framer appears to have done a pretty good job with
the notch consistency. Risers would be nailed
In surfing some web-articles, several (actually most) suggest topping
the construction treads with the hardwood treads, after trimming the
front edge. I am not sure why I would want to do this.
Any experience out there that would benefit my aging mind? BTW, I
WILL NOT be routing the skirts to accommodate the treads and risers.
That is beyond my time, skill and patience resources.
Thanks for input.
BTW - after building a set of four box newels with 60+ pieces each and
milling the rail and contrasting balusters from rough cut 8/4 oak, I
am beginning to appreciate why stair builders are worth their money!