Repairing broken steps


Old 11-08-15, 08:14 PM
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Repairing broken steps

i live in a 2 story townhouse. my steps leading to the second floor is broken .
i took out the carpeting to see what was wrong.
here are some pics...

the corner stair moves about 5/8 of an inch whenever it is stepped on.
i noticed that a screw that held the wood is broken. ive never dealt with steps
so i am a novice. i would like to take out the piece of wood to see if its rotted.
i was thinking of just reinforcing the steps with some wood screws , like this
[ the red circles represent where i would put the screws ]
but im not too sure if it would work
how can i fix this?
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Old 11-08-15, 08:45 PM
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You have to see the condition from under the stairs.
Old 11-09-15, 06:26 AM
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Screws into the riser might help temporarily but they would just be a Band-Aid fix. The riser is likely only a thin piece of wood there for appearance and not structure. I would remove the wood that forms the top of the step (the tread). That would allow you to see what's underneath and supporting the steps and would be the proper place to reinforce the stairs and your work doesn't have to be pretty since it will be out of sight.
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