Need to make steps wider, please help

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  1. Apr 20, 2008 #1

    tammykimtony

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    I bought an older home which has very narrow steps on staircase, how can I make them wider?
     
  2. Apr 20, 2008 #2

    Daryl in Nanoose

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    Do you mean a or b, can you take a picture and post it. There are things we need to know but we will start with this.

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    Welcome Tammy:
    I'm thinking you don't have enough room to put your foot on the tread (front to back). To make that wider or bigger you will need to make a new staricase altogether.
    Stairs have a riser and a tread, refered to as rise and run. To make the tread larger the stairs have to stick out in the room further. For instance, if you want a 1' wide tread and there are 12 steps, the stairs would have to have 12' of floor space from a plumb line from the terminus at the top to the bottom tread.
    It is a major rework and seldom worth the trouble, expense and sometimes there is just not enough space left for it.
    Glenn
     
  4. Apr 21, 2008 #4

    Daryl in Nanoose

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    I meant to ask you if you have a nose or if there are just flush (see pic below).If there flush you can add 1-1/2" nose to them which does not sound like alot but it does make a difference, I did this for a client a few months back and she was very happy with the little extra I gave here.

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  5. Apr 21, 2008 #5

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    Nice job Daryl. It does give additional space on the tread but, in some cases, it also presents a trip hazard with the 1 1/2" projection.
    Glenn
     
  6. Apr 21, 2008 #6

    Daryl in Nanoose

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    Very good point glenn, I walked up and down them several times and was not a problem I think mainly because they still were not the depth of a standard tread size. I staerted with 8-1/2" and ended up with 10" but still good point :)
     

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