Hey guys. Here is what I did... Since I am going to put berber over this, I decided to lay down 1x8 bumped up against 1x2. This gave me a new effective tread of just over nine inches of width, with a 1 1/4 inch overhang. I used spruce boards, loads of assembly adhesive and deck screws. It looks pretty good! So added to the original "tread" plus riser, I have an effective thickness on the tread of about 3 inches. The stairs are plenty solid, and, much easier to traverse. My only concern was in the use of the spruce since on the overhang, I have +- one inch of thickness. It should be strong enough, correct? I have attahced a picture for reference.
Thanks for all of your help!
Last edited by jpeterson; 07-13-2008 at 08:17 PM.