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Stairs - replace carpet with hardwood

8 years ago

[I already posted this question on the Flooring forum, but wanted to post here as well, particularly in light of some new info I got.]


I would like to replace my existing carpeted staircase which has a "kneewall" (?) (with balusters going into the kneewall) with hardwood.

Here is a picture of what I'm trying to accomplish, but in my case the entire left side of my staircase has the kneewall and would need to be opened up (also my staircase goes up halfway to a landing, then turns to the left and continues up).

Two contractors indicated they'd have to replace the entire staircase structure (stringers, etc.). One contractor I just had over indicated they'd just cut down the kneewall and lay the new tread "over the newly exposed stringer". This was half the cost of the others.

I got some opinions on the other forum that the right way to do this would be to replace the entire structure, particularly due to the strict measurements of stairs (riser/tread height/depths).

Is that the general consensus? Has anyone else done this type of thing w/o replacing the entire structure and it's been ok?

Note that I'm also replacing the entire upstairs carpet with hardwood as well.


Here is a link that might be useful: Before/After Example

This post was edited by Ellen1234 on Tue, Sep 23, 14 at 12:43

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