Q: I am installing oak hardwood flooring, using stair nosing’s, on a staircase which is partially open on one side. What is the best way to match up the ends of the risers with the stair skirt?
A: Install stair nosing on the 2 sides.
Drafty stair case
Q: We have a house that was built in the 20's. The stair case going upstairs to the master bedroom (a.k.a. attic) is leaking very cold air. We're fighting to heat the upstairs. Can you advise what would be the best sealant for the stairs? Any other thoughts? We would…
Wrapping stair nosing
I have stairs with pickets. I assume from the other questions that I have to take those up and put them back when done. Is it OK to just glue down the hard wood and use no nails, and if not, is it OK to nail in engineered planks? I…
My home is split level with open-backed stairs (treads but no risers). The treads are 2x Douglas Fir and are presently wrapped by carpeting. The stringers are also Douglas Fir and have been painted dark brown. Whoever painted the stringers got paint on the top of the treads where they…
Blotchy stair treads and blotchy banister
We moved into our new home 4 years ago. We recently noticed our oak stair treads are turning dark in some places, and they look very bad all over the finish look, dull and dirty. What would cause this? what can we do?
Matching stair nosing perfectly with floor
How can I tell if the finish on my floor is a water-based or oil-based polyurethane? How can I match the finish for my nosing perfectly with my floor? Which is a better finish water or oil? Can you recommend a finish made by a particular company?