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Old 07-30-2012, 07:02 PM  
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I replaced the bottom flight of stairs to my unfinished basement. I used a seven foot length of pine treated 2 x 10s as the stringers. The treads are supported by 2 x 4 blocks screwed to the inside of the stringers. I attached the blocks with six 2.5 inch decking screws. Should I have used thicker wood screws instead of the slender deck screws?

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The screws don't have the same shear strength as nails and you screws are a little short, I would back them up with gal. 3" nails

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Old 08-04-2012, 10:24 PM  
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Thank you, NealTW for the advice. I replaced four of the six deck screws with three inch lengths of quarter inch lag screws. So, I think I am good.

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To late now but it was suppost to be a 2 X 12 not 10".
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