Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Do Tread on Me

The 120-year-old treads on the stairway to heaven (Flippist World Headquarters)were beyond repair. I had actually thought about replacing them when we first moved in—32 years ago!

As the Wicked Witch of the West once said: "These things must be done delicately…" In this case meaning replacing a couple of treads and their balusters at a time, while keeping the risers and hand rail intact. I was
surprised that the area under the stairs was fairly clean—dusty, to be sure—but contained no 'treasures" unless you consider a Dale Berra baseball card valuable. I varnished the new treads and balusters, and even went so far as to strip the newel post. I still have to replace trim and re-paint the risers: tedious, but easy.

The biggest difference is the stairs don't creak anymore. Now I can creep back into bed without waking the Weaver.

By Professor Batty


Blogger Shoshanah Lee Marohn said...

Wow, you can fix those? My daughter thinks we should fix our creaky stairs, and I say, "it's impossible." Beautiful work, Batty!

Blogger Professor Batty said...

You don't want to go there—it's a heckofa job. The trick is to use a modern hi-strength construction adhesive when laying down the new treads, I wouldn't do it if you old ones aren't broken and look nice.

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