Replacing the Stairs for a Garage Apartment

One night the tenant came home late, in the dark, and his foot went through a stair tread. It had rotted out, and since stairs are cheaper then hospital bills, we replaced the stairs.

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We started with this:

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Not much was really right about these stairs when we started. The balusters are too far apart, the supporting joists are not parallel and have cracks.

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There are gaps and things are patched together.

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What happened to that corner?

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So we tore it all down and brought it to the dump. The first thing we re-did was the landing. We left a few joists in place since they are the apartment’s floor joists, cantilevered out into the deck. To replace those would have been invasive to the main building.

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You can see our new posts are attached with bolts, and the new balusters are screwed in, 4″ apart, and regularly spaced. All lumber is treated so it will last.

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The new landing is square, like it’s supposed to be.

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Next we cut the stair stringers (the big boards that support the stairs). That takes some patience and calculating. Stairs need to be right. If you’re off by a little bit, people can trip and fall. Take your time, get it right.

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We make pretty corner cuts.

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Pretty all the way down.

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Pretty all the way up.

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