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stairman 02-04-2009 09:55 PM

log home stair issues
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Customer has big (2") differences in her stair treads which are actual logs split in half. My solution was to replace log treads with new ones that I would modify to "fix" the rise and run issues. She has no room for new stringers, so, I figured I'd work with what she has. My question does anyone have a supply source for anything like this? I've done nothing but stairs and rails for twenty years, but never anything like this. Not sure about material. Maybe douglas fir, or white pine?? I should be better with woods, but all I know is finish oak, maple, cherry, etc.
Again anyone know possible materials for a log home. House is located in S. Jersey.


inspectorD 02-05-2009 05:52 AM

Contact a log company like Kuhns bos or try merrimac log company in upstate NH.
Hope they help.

jdougn 02-05-2009 02:25 PM

rebuild existing steps?
Welcome Stairman,

How bad is this set of steps overall? Do these stairs need more steps to meet code? How many steps are there in total and can the rise be averaged to work with that number of steps?

Perhaps these steps could simply be retrofitted with new treads shimmed to the correct rise? Of course you would use new risers to cover the shimmed spacing but you could still leave most of the rough sawn faces exposed.

In my experience, log home suppliers tend to be expensive. Perhaps check with sawmills or logging companies in your area. They would also be able to identify the wood and get a closer match. Just make sure it has been kiln dried well.

hth, Doug

Blue Jay 04-11-2009 08:39 AM

Check out lots of info and suppliers. Another one is is another, also Hochstetler Milling (no web site phone # 419 368 0004) is a place in Ohio where I have got supplies from. Could be some of the same type in your area.

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