Installing New Steps & Risers

John started installing the treads (steps) and risers at the bottom of the staircase leading to the master bedroom wing.

However, he installed the top riser first to ensure the bullnose was in the proper position.

Each tread must be leveled left and right as well as front to back.

This is what the recessed high hats look like on the other side of the drywall. John installed 80 of these throughout the house. Each one costs approximately $20.00 at Home Depot or Lowes.

This is the stairwell underneath with the two high hats. The original oak staircase to the left will be sanded and finished with MINWAX.

John marked the center of the stringer to nail it later.

It took a full day to rip, cut, shim, level and install the pine treads and primed risers. (There is 3/4″ from riser to end of bullnose.)

The pine treads are not available primed; the primed risers are finger-jointed  (1x8x16).

We chose a pine route over oak because I plan to paint the treads and stencil the risers. Click here for one of my stenciling ideas.

John will cut 1×8 to cover the gaps on each side.





Going Down to the Basement

I wrote about hanging drywall in the basement stairwell  a couple of weeks ago (you can see photos here).

Before John screwed in the drywall under the stairs, he wrote the blog address on the riser. Maybe in 50 or 100 years, someone will come across it and say something like, “What’s a blog?” or “I wonder why someone wrote this?”

I asked John, “Did you use a ruler to write that so perfectly?” He said, “No.”

He covered it up.

The 17′ I-beam in the above and below photos supports the second floor in the original part of the house. The beam is the length of the bonus room and garage.

The spackling and sanding is finished. Now it’s time to prime.

The stairs to the  left go up to the living room and kitchen.

And to the right of the stairwell is the bonus room.

John is using The Drywall Hawk with Wood Handle to hold the joint compound (click here). Here’s another brand, for less money. And this one is under $25. You can also use a mud pan (we have a couple), click here.

Walboard putty/tape knives used:

6″ (click here)

8″ (click here)

12″ (click here)

Walboard Utility Knife used for cutting drywall (click here)

New: Timberland PRO Boondock 6″ Waterproof Work Boots

Timberland sent a pair of Boondock 6″ work boots to John for review.

It’s always a treat to get a new pair of boots and these full grain (full grain leather displays the natural markings and grain characteristics from the animal it was taken) leather boots have several comfort features: Padded collar, dual-density/anti-fatigue technology insoles for shock absorbing comfort, plus the contoured insole supports the ball and heel area.

The waterproof Boondock boots have a composite toe and they’re EH rated to prevent you from getting shocked. Additional safety features include rubber lugged outsole, reinforced rubber abrasion resistant safety toe and lightweight fiberglass shank for support.

Nice to Know: Timberland offers a 30-day comfort guarantee on all PRO footwear with PowerFit comfort system or anti-fatigue technology.



*This Timberland product was sent for review purposes*