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Q: One visitor asked, "I am going to replace my carpeted stairs with oak treads and paint the risers. Do you have any suggestions on removing the existing pine treads and attaching the new oak treads? I have read about using glue and nailing but what type of glue/adhesive and since I'd like to limit the number of nail holes, how few can I get away with? The treads are 10" x 38"."

A: To actually remove the treads, you would have to have access to the back side of the staircase. Remove the wedges and then the treads. Otherwise, you have to cut the lip off all the existing treads and glue down new ones on top. I really like urethane adhesives such as Bostik's Best. If there are contaminants on the existing treads that would also have to be removed. It is a lot of work.


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