Repairing broken steps

Reply

  #1  
Old 11-08-15, 08:14 PM
T
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: bronx ny
Posts: 68
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
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...
http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/i...108_215555.jpg
http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/i...108_215520.jpg
http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/i...108_215503.jpg

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 ]
http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/i...e/edited_1.jpg
but im not too sure if it would work
how can i fix this?
 
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 11-08-15, 08:45 PM
P
Temporarily Suspended
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: NY
Posts: 10,982
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
You have to see the condition from under the stairs.
 
  #3  
Old 11-09-15, 06:26 AM
P
Group Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: NC, USA
Posts: 23,954
Received 674 Votes on 623 Posts
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.
 
Reply
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
 
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Description: