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Does the riser sit on top of the tread?

Last Updated: 23rd May, 2020

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The riser is installed first for the reason that you want a nice tight fit along the top of the riser to the tread above it. An experienced carpenter will install the risers and treads from the top of the stairs down so that they can always be fitting the next riser against the bottom of the previous tread.

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Accordingly, how much should a stair tread overhang the riser?

Nosings, the overhanging portion, must be curved with a radius under 0.56 inches. If the risers are solid, the nosing must project between 0.75 and 1.25 inches, and must be uniform between two stories, with variations of less than 0.375 inches. This applies to nosings on treads and landings.

Beside above, what goes first tread or riser? 4 Answers. The riser is installed first for the reason that you want a nice tight fit along the top of the riser to the tread above it. There is always the possibility that there is a small variation in the width of the riser boards or the height of the notches cut in the stair jacks.

Beside above, should you nail or screw stair treads?

Don't fasten treads and or risers with only nails or staples. The adhesive is much more important than the fasteners. There will be times when fastening may be limited, so a good adhesive is critical. Don't use the stringer as a level for the treads.

What is the maximum rise of a step?

- The maximum allowable stair rise is 7 3/4 inches, and the minimum stair rise is 4 inches. For recommendations on rise-run combos, see the tip below. - The difference between a stair's longest and shortest riser height or stair depth should be no more than 3/8 inch.

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Do stair treads have to be rounded?

Stair treads usually already have the bullnose shape when you buy them, but you have to take care of that detail yourself if you're making the treads. You do it with a 1/2-inch round-over routing bit. If that clearance is lacking, you have to remove the tread, which may involve some prying of wood and pulling of nails.

Kiera Gerstein

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Should stair treads be glued?

A minimum of three supporting stringers are recommended. For safety, stair parts must be glued and nailed. Treads and risers may also be installed over secure existing treads and risers if your local building code allows. Adhere to your local building codes.

Ernst Groothoff

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Why do stairs have a Lip?

Other than being a necessary part of the structure of a staircase, does stair nosing serve any other purposes? The main purpose of a nosing is to improve the safety of the staircase. As it protrudes a little over the edge of the tread, it provides some extra space for users to place their feet.

Fiorela Gorjon

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How thick should a stair tread be?

As you may have noted from the sketches and text above, typically building codes for stairs specify minimum stair tread thickness (1" if supported by a riser at front, or 1 1/2" thick treads if the stairs are open-construction without risers), but they do not specify a maximum allowable tread thickness.

Milvia Patarro

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What is code for stairs?

Stair riser heights shall be 7 inches (178 mm) maximum and 4 inches (102 mm) minimum. Stair tread depths shall be 11 inches (279 mm) minimum. The riser height shall be measured vertically between the leading edges of adjacent treads.

Az Tilg

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How thick should stair stringers be?

If the stair treads are set into grooves routed into the stringer, in a 2x stringer the groove depth should be 1/2 the thickness of the stringer (typically 3/4") and additional support by cleats or by gluing and end-screwing through the stringer sides into the treads is good practice.

Shawna Dingethal

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What color should stair risers be?

It's fairly customary to paint stair risers a bright, glossy white while the stair tread gets a coat of protective stain. While this looks nice in formal spaces, it isn't always the best choice for all homes.

Amin Davalos

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What is tread and riser of stairs?

Tread is the flat part that your foot goes on, riser is the vertical part in front of/ under each tread. Tread and riser type is usualy straight, can go around corners. It is more stable than some other kinds, such as an open design or one without a riser(floating, or free).

Neron Hellmes

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What wood is used for stair risers?

Poplar is a good choice to be painted but its almost as soft as pine so it will dent. Not many people kick their toes into the risers as far as I know. Poplar is probably fine. Even pine should be OK.

Marcolino Windmuller

Teacher

What is the best glue for stair treads?

Tread-Lock by Bostik is a one-component, easy gunning, construction adhesive that is specifically formulated for the installation of stair tread, retread and riser installations. Tread-Lock has good grab strength while wet and cures quickly to form a tenacious bond.

Gersain Luerssen

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How do you install stair treads without nails?

Set the stair tread in place and tap the front edge with a rubber mallet to form a bond with the glue and the riser. Tap along the top of the tread at the stringers to form a bond with the glue there. Leave the glue to cure according to the manufacturer's directions and avoid walking on the stairs until then.

Liudmila Arnoldi

Reviewer

What is risers on a stair?

A stair riser is the near-vertical element in a set of stairs, forming the space between one step and the next. It is sometimes slightly inclined from the vertical so that its top is closer than its base to the person climbing the stairs.

Carl Arandia

Reviewer

How do you replace stair risers?

This will allow the tread to be removed without additional damage.
  1. remove trim strip. Remove the Trim Strip. Using a pry bar, remove any trim strip between the damaged stair tread and the stair riser-board.
  2. remove damaged stair treads. Remove the Damaged Stair Treads.
  3. attach two tread sections. Attach Two Tread Sections.

Lonna Jirjahn

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Can you put new stair treads over old treads?

Retro-fitting stair treads is the simplest solution for a DIY'er intent on installing hardwood treads over an existing flight of stairs. High-quality prefinished stair treads are made of solid edge-glued wood—not a veneered or engineered material—and can be used to “cap” or reface an existing tread.

Ivania Lindstrom

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Can you fix stairs that are too steep?

Restructuring a steep staircase usually means the loss of living space on one or both of the floors connected by the staircase. To make the stairs safer to climb and descend, you must reduce stair riser height and increase tread depth. There is no simple fix for steep stairs, complete remodeling is necessary.

Carl Lueck

Supporter

How do you make stairs deeper?

Making Stair Treads Deeper
  1. Chisel off the nosing of the existing treads so that each tread does not protrude beyond the riser board.
  2. Measure the existing treads and cut new boards for each tread.
  3. Spread construction adhesive evenly over the first stair tread.
  4. Place the new stair tread on the first tread.
  5. Hammer 2-inch nails into the holes.

Ayyoub Strassfeld

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How do you attach stair stringers to a deck?

Attach the stringers to the deck using angle brackets and 3” galvanized deck screws. Cut a 2x6 board to fit snugly between the two stringers at their base. This will be used to fasten the stairs to the concrete pad. Place the board between the stringers and attach to stringers with 3” galvanized deck screws.

Baldomera Haverney

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How do you redo laminate on stairs?

Installing laminate flooring on stairs can be tedious and time consuming and is a lot different than installing laminate flooring on a floor.
  1. Step 1 Remove Carpet and Tackstrip.
  2. Step 2 Remove the Over Hang, if Needed.
  3. Step 3 Cutting Laminate Stair Treads.
  4. Step 4 Cutting The Stair Risers.
  5. Step 5 Cutting the Stair Nose.

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What is a retro stair tread?

Traditional 1" Stair Tread. Retro stair treads are solid stair treads with a slightly different shape and a reduced thickness specifically made to replace a carpeted stair with a new hardwood step of a particular specie or color. The primary advantage of using a Retro replacement tread is the installation.