Tips To Installing Stair Treads And Riser

Blue Retrofit Stair Treads

Stairs are part of the home that we do not think of until they break. Designed to be among the most solid parts of all homes, stairs rarely break and when they do, it can make getting around the house difficult for everyone. Fortunately, replacing stair treads and ladders can be made relatively easier by carpenters at home. With a little patience and a lot of elbow grease, you can get your stairs in condition as new.


Check the stairs for any visible brackets and remove them if possible. Slide the burr under nosing the tread you want to replace. Work the bar between the tread and riser under it, push the tread upwards and away from all the brackets mounted on the underside. Remove the tread as completely and carefully as possible, and remove any remaining nails. This will make the full paths visible, and this can also be tied away. Install the trunks first to help with seating them properly. Apply wood glue to the staircase frame where you attach your replacement riser. Nail replacement riser to the right place. Repeat with all the spirits.

Apply wood glue to where the step and wear meet, and then install your new tread. The tread should rest on either side of the stairwell frame. Nail the tread to the frame. Repeat with the rest of the steps. Let the glue 2-4 hours to form a strong bond before continuing. Sand your new treads and rise evenly with belt ties. Grind some nail heads until they are level with wood. Varnish the new treads and ladders. Apply at least two layers of varnish, making each layer one hour to dry before the next.