For starters, to cut a full 11-1/2″ stair tread, a 12″ sliding miter saw is best. This will allow you to make a full 12″ cut in one pass. Using a 10″ or smaller saw that doesn’t slide means you’ll have to make two cuts on each side of the tread and is very difficult to achieve a quality cut.
How do you cut a stair stringer with a speed square?
What is the formula for building stairs?
Determining the Rise
You divide the height by 7 inches; if, say, the floor-to-floor distance is 8 feet, 10 inches (or 106 inches), then you’ll need 15 treads (106 divided by 7 equals 15.14). Next, you divide the height by the number of treads (15 into 106), producing the exact tread height (7.06 inches).
Can I make my own stair treads?
Yes, you can make your own treads. I’ve made them myself. I’d use titebond, like I do in most woodworking, but lots of folks prefer titebond II.
Should stair treads be glued?
Don’t fasten treads and or risers with only nails or staples. The adhesive is much more important than the fasteners. There will be times when fastening may be limited, so a good adhesive is critical. Don’t use the stringer as a level for the treads.
Can you put new stair treads over old treads?
High-quality prefinished stair treads are made of solid edge-glued wood—not a veneered or engineered material—and can be used to “cap” or reface an existing tread. The primary advantage of using the prefinished stair treads is the ease of installation.
What wood is best for stair treads?
What Wood Is Best for Stair Treads?
Oak Stair Treads. Oak is a common type of wood for stair treads.
Hickory Stair Treads. Hickory is another common choice for wood stair treads.
Maple Stair Treads. Maple’s tan and white hues make it a popular choice for a range of wood products.
Poplar Stair Treads.
Walnut Stair Treads.
Is Pine OK for stair treads?
A softwood, pine is suitable for stair treads in your home. Pine is one of many kinds of wood that is ideal to make up the stair treads in your home. Using pine for this purpose has several benefits, making it common in many homes.
Why is stair nosing so expensive?
The Cost of Stair Nosings Pays for Itself
This is because most people walk on the front surface of the step. When the front of the step looks raveled and worn, it needs to be replaced to renew the look of the stairs.
How thick should stair treads be?
The standard thickness of stair tread is up to 1-1/16” of an inch, although 1” stair treads are extremely common and found at all big box home reno stores. Remember also that stairs must have a minimum depth of 10” and minimum width of 24”. Many stores offer treads that are ¾” thick.
How much should stair treads overhang?
Conclusion. The tread nosing must overhang between 3/4” and 1-1/4” unless the tread is 11-inches or greater in depth. The stair lip improves safety by extending the horizontal space available for ascent and descent, and visually defines the step edge.
What is the code requirement for stair treads?
Stair riser heights shall be 7 inches (178 mm) maximum and 4 inches (102 mm) minimum. Stair tread depths shall be 11 inches (279 mm) minimum. The riser height shall be measured vertically between the leading edges of adjacent treads.
Can you use 1X12 for stair treads?
The side board is usually 1X12 – for the same reason you use 2X12 for stair stringer; you can get the full cut for rise and tread out of the board without running out of board. It is best to use 2 inch dimensional lumber on stair systems. Never heard of using plywood treads.
What do you put on basement stair treads?
Best Flooring Options For Basement Stairs
Is pine or oak better for stairs?
Oak’s fine texture make it ideal for treads that will be stained and left uncarpeted or for those that will be covered with a carpet runner down the center, such as the main staircase in a home with matching hardwood floors. Because it is more porous than oak, pine is the preferred wood for stairs that will be painted.
Can I use 2×10 for deck stair treads?
It is acceptable and within building code guidelines to use either 2×10 or 2×12 dimensional lumber to create a set of stairs; however, a stair stringer should not be less than 3.5 inches wide at its narrowest point to provide adequate strength for the load the stairs will be supporting.
How long of a 2×12 do I need for stairs?
How to Use the EZ Stair Calculator. We suggest 10.5″ for 2×12 or 2 – 2×6 Treads. Treads may be cut to suit other widths.
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