How to Install New Stair Treads and Railings
Updating a staircase into an eye-catching statement requires installing new treads and railings, but is within the grasp of DIYers with moderate skills.
rubber or vinyl adhesive
Nail down any loose steps. Fill cracks, holes or depressions on step surface with underlayment compound.
Thoroughly clean the steps.
For 48 hours before installation, keep treads and adhesives at no less than 70 degrees F.
Trim the treads to fit each step. For a tight fit, trim the rear edge of the treads with an under-bevel.
Cut treads with a steel straight edge and linoleum knife.
Treads must adhere completely to the steps with no air spaces. Use epoxy caulk to fill any gaps between the steps and the treads.
Spread adhesive on the bottom of the tread and underneath the nosing.
Install two treads at a time.
Set the nose of the tread first, pushing back firmly and tightly.
Set the surface front to back toward the riser, pushing down firmly.
Roll the treads completely smooth with a hand roller.
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