Thursday 16 August 2012

Fitting Stairs

It's been a long while since I've fitted any stairs. This can be the trouble with the huge range of jobs a carpenter is expected to do, it can be a long time between doing certain jobs - good job I've got a good memory for things like this!
Fitted flight of stairs
There's two flights to fit, we finished the first today and made a good start on the second. As there is winders (the angles steps that make the flight go round the corner) some of the assembly has to be done on site using lots of glue and wedges.
Underside of stairs
The first flight went in well, we've temporary propped it up until we've built the stud wall to carry the back corner of the stairs (although they do hold their own weight now). I've still got to infill the sides and add handrail at a later date to these. 
Checking the treads are level
The second flight are directly below the first and are the same size with three extra treads on the bottom to give it the extra height.
Dry fitting the second flight of stairs to mark positions
We dry fitted these in this afternoon as they're in a tighter space than the first ones. It's going to be much more difficult to get to the underside to fix the treads and wedges so we need to make sure everything is cut ready. It's at time like this I could do with a small apprentice to get into the tight spaces (I remember being sent on my belly to fix the last few glue blocks!).


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    1. Not too bad! The second flight was difficult because I had to squeese through a hole anround 9" wide by 30" and I'm not a small lad!

  2. I like the look of the stairs, we have similar ones in our farm house but not as nice as these. In fact the bottom 3 steps fell apart on me one day so I reconstructed them so that they were a separate unit that could be pulled out like a drawer to give access to under the stairs. Anyway I am no carpenter but they haven't fallen down again.

    1. It's good to have access uder stairs as sometimes they start to squeek if they've not be installed right. These should last a while. Thanks for your comment


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