finishing basement stairs

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Old 02-03-04, 09:01 AM
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finishing basement stairs

I just moved into a home that has unfinished basement stairs. Meaning, they have the part you step on, but not the back part of the stairs. I want to finish them myself. It seems like it would be easiest to hammer a piece of wood to the front, but then that would make the stairs more shallow.

What is the correct way to finish the "back" portion of the stairs off? Placing the wood from the front or the back of the "back" portion of the stairs?

Hope this made sense.

Also, what type of wood and how thick?

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Old 02-03-04, 10:02 PM
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yvonnedono,


Cut 3/4" x (height of the riser) material (pine or plywood) for use as kickers to be attached to the FRONT FACE of the stringer. By Code, the underside of the stairway should be finished off with drywall per Fire Code. Check with your local building official.

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Old 02-04-04, 07:03 AM
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Thanx. Just the information I was looking for!
 
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Old 02-04-04, 07:48 AM
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yvonnedono,

You're welcome!

Good Luck!
 
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