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Q: One visitor asked, "I would like to place a laminate hardwood over my stairs. I do not want to have to remove the stairs and rebuild. I know there is a laminate wood product out there to do this. I was wondering if you could help me?"

A: First, the existing treads must be cut back flush with the riser below. (Most stair treads overhang the riser by about 1.5 inches.) Then, a proper nosing must be glued and nailed to the existing tread. However, after cutting back the bullnose on each tread to be flush with the riser, the installation starts on the bottom riser. You apply the choice of wood to the riser, starting at floor level and working up the riser to where the first nosing will be installed. The last piece of wood on the first riser is cut flush with the top of the first tread. Then you put on the first nosing. You then install the wood on the first tread right up to the next riser. Then you do the second riser, bringing the wood up to the next tread. Install the next nosing and so on. Make sure you use adhesive to ad strength.


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