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bsj40052 01-18-2010 09:46 AM

Gaps in stairs
 
In pulling off the carpet and refinishing the stair in our 100+ year old house, there are a number of gaps where the tread hits the wall. The largest gap is about 1/4", and runs the length of the tread. The stair treads are (now) stained.

I'm wanting to fill the gap with something....

Suggestions?

Con65 01-18-2010 01:22 PM

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Originally Posted by bsj40052 (Post 39124)
In pulling off the carpet and refinishing the stair in our 100+ year old house, there are a number of gaps where the tread hits the wall. The largest gap is about 1/4", and runs the length of the tread. The stair treads are (now) stained.

I'm wanting to fill the gap with something....

Suggestions?

Just so I understand, when you say "gaps where the tread hits the wall" do you mean the 'width' of the tread (edge to the riser) or is it between the riser and the tread "runs the length of the tread".

If its where the tread meets the wall, does the tread 'hit' plaster or a wood 'baseboard' that runs the length of the stairs?

Could you post a picture?

911handyman 01-19-2010 02:28 PM

Have you thought about using a shoe molding or 3/4 round. You could always mill something out of a nice material. Even a nice flat stock would work example would be 1/4 1/2 and use a brad nailer or headless pin nailer. Hope that helps.

Hack 01-19-2010 05:15 PM

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Shoe molding is a great idea. I had the same problem in my old house. There was a 3/4" gap between the end of the tread and wall. I slid a baseboard in behind the gap and then filled with a triangular trim piece....I think I have a picture here somewhere....

Ahhhh, here it is. I hope you can see the thick 3/4" baseboard running the length of the stairs, and the small triangles between each step, filling in the gap. I may add shoe molding at some point, but don't know how to go around the bullnose....

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frozenstar 03-09-2010 08:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Hack (Post 39217)
Shoe molding is a great idea. I had the same problem in my old house. There was a 3/4" gap between the end of the tread and wall. I slid a baseboard in behind the gap and then filled with a triangular trim piece....I think I have a picture here somewhere....

Ahhhh, here it is. I hope you can see the thick 3/4" baseboard running the length of the stairs, and the small triangles between each step, filling in the gap. I may add shoe molding at some point, but don't know how to go around the bullnose....

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Oh nice.. very well done.. :) :cool:


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