• Questions About Hardwood Stairs Treads

    Posted on July 21, 2015 by in Questions About Hardwood Flooring

    Mandy asks…

    how to attach hardwood stair treds?

    Chris answers:

    If you have access to the underneath of the staircase, you can do what we did: Use polyurethane adhesive to attach the treads to the stringers, then screw into the bottom of the tread every 8″ along the riser at an angle, using screws short enough so as not to poke through the front of the tread. Everything seems to be solid and no nail holes to fill in!

    Thomas asks…

    Stair nose for laminate flooring?

    I’ve installed a floating laminate floor. The problem is, the brand I bought does not seem to make nose pieces, and I need to install a nose at the top of a stairway. I could install a hardwood nose (1/4″ thick overlap) and this is about the right thickness, but of course it would not be perfectly flush since the floor floats and has some give.

    Any ideas on how to solve this problem? Would it be OK to glue down just this part of the floating floor, or maybe I could put something thin underneath and glue both the floor and the nose piece to it?
    Brad – the laminate flooring is not on the stairs, it is on the floor of the room at the top of the stairs. I need to install a nose at the top of the stairs, and this nose will butt up against the floating floor.

    Chris answers:

    What you need is called a “landing tread”. They are commonly available in 3 1/2″ and 5 1/2″ wide and cut to length to fit. They are typically 3/4″ thick with a 1″ nosing. You will have to cut back the flooring at the top riser to accomodate the width of the landing tread. If your flooring is truly 1/4″ thick you will have to match the thickness of the landing tread to the thickness of the flooring. You can easily do this on a table saw. There may be a stair shop in your area that can supply this piece for you. If not try Lowe’s or Home Depot. You can email me john@primemfg.net and I can send you some pics…it truly is worth a thousand words.

    Daniel asks…

    Due to an illness, my dog is having a hard time getting up/down the stairs – does anyone have any suggestions?

    My dog is experiencing some muscle weakness due to an illness, and is having a hard time on the stairs. Unfortunately, I live in a split level with lots of stairs. I think they’re even more difficult for her because they’re hardwood, and therefore a bit slick for her. She has slid down them (thankfully without injury) once already.

    I’ve thought about somehow attaching some carpet scraps to the stairs, or making a ramp of sorts that has some sort of tread on it. A friend suggested something like a baby stroller that we could roll her up and down the ramp. I think if I do any ramp project, it will have to extend pretty far beyond the stairs so it won’t be too steep. This would work in some parts of the house, but not others.

    I’ve been simply carrying her when she’s not feeling up to par, but I have a history of a herniated disc in my back, and right now it’s flaring. She’s only 40 pounds, but I’m afraid I can’t do it until my back bounces back.

    It occurred to me tonight that I can’t be the only person that’s ever had this issue – any help would be appreciated.

    I should have mentioned – -she’s under the care of a fabulous vet 🙂
    Thanks so much for your help (and I’ll take all I can get – please keep it coming, everyone’s giving me such good ideas), and I’m seeing I should add a detail or two.

    It’s not an arthritis thing, though those of you with dogs suffering from arthritis are likely dealing with the same issues, and she’s an 8 year old Staffordshire, which can lean toward arthritis, so that might be playing a part as well in her troubles. She has Inflammatory Bowel Disease, which prevents her from absorbing protein. That, coupled with the fact that she’s on meds that include muscle weakness as a side effect is kinda kickin’ her butt. She’s on Prednisone (a corticosteroid), Metronidizole (an antibiotic that can contribute to muscle weakness), and has low free thyroid (also contributes to muscle weakness – we just learned this the other day, and she is now being treated for it). With any luck, once her thyroid evens out and we find a happy medium with the Inflammatory Bowel and are able to wean her off so

    Chris answers:

    I have had old or ill dogs that couldn’t make it up and down stairs. I split an old bath towel lengthwise, and loop one piece under the dog’s belly, and hold its two ends. It gives a good handle to help them up and down, and, as you are really only lifting/steadying a portion of their weight, it is easy on a bad back. ( like mine)

    When one of mine had to get up and down very frequently, I just safety-pinned the towel in place, so that it was always in position.

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