Carpet to Hardwood using Retrotreads


Old 01-22-15, 01:42 PM
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Carpet to Hardwood using Retrotreads

When I removed the carpet from my stairs I found what I believe to be the security alarm wires running down one side of the stairs. I want to update to hardwood. Some of the wires are pushed into the side corner some are on top of the tread. Should I try to push all the wires between the treads and risers? I have to chip away the wood on the treads for the wires to fit.Name:  IMG_0442.jpg
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Old 01-22-15, 02:30 PM
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You can rout out a small channel in the backside of your steps and risers and feed the wire through as you work your way from bottom to top. Or consider removing the steps as they are and replacing with true oak treads and risers instead of the retreads. That way, with the stairs open, you can run the wire behind and stapled to the stringers.
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I vote for ripping out the 2x treads/risers and routing the wires on the back side of the stringer. Less likelihood of the wires shorting out later on.
Old 01-22-15, 04:42 PM
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I would drill at an advantageous point and run the wires below the staircase, eliminating the wire altogether.

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