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Prepping stairs for new hardwood, Need help

Miranda Keller
last month


My partner & I have new hickory treads to go along with the hickory flooring that will be installed. We do not have a contractor to help us prep the stairs for new material so I’m looking for advice on this.

I have 1” thick hickory treads, 3/4” nosing for top of each stair case, 1/2” RetroRisers.

Attached are photos of what the stair case looks
like. The set of two stairs had 1x10s but they were moldy so I opted to lay loose 2x4s until I figure out how to prep for hardwood.

Is the bigger set of stairs ready to go, as in the new treads & retrorisers get installed directly on top of the plywood? If so- Do the set of two stairs need to be boxed in like how the bigger set of stairs are?

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