Installing wood stairs to bowed stringers problem


Old 12-27-13, 09:08 PM
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Installing wood stairs to bowed stringers problem

I recently purchased some hardwood floor and bullnoses to install on my existing stairs. I removed the carpet and cut off old bullnoses. I bought a stair jig to measure the not-perfect right angles for each stringer. However, what I realized immediately after putting the jig in, is that my stringers cup or bow out, meaning they are not flat with respect to the new tread I would be putting in. I have no idea how to fix this or what the proper solution would be? The cup is pretty bad in some areas, and caulking wouldn't look good. Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-27-13, 09:35 PM
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Maybe a 4 1/2" grinder and a sanding flap disk would help you make quick work out of them... you want all the stringers to match.
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Really would be better if you remove the old treads and installed new solid treads.
Got a picture so we can see how bad they are?
100% sure the skirts are tight to the wall?
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my stringers cup or bow out
Huh? Thought he said the stringer was bowed, and the old treads were gone?
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Bowed components

If the stringer is bowed, use construction adhesive and scarf on 2 straight boards, one on each side and use very large C Clamps to draw them together and then screw though the scarf, stringer, and scarf. I recommend that if there is any brittleness or rot that you be sure to replace those parts. If possible putting in stringers would be better in the long run.


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