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Hardwood Floor –part 4: How to Stair and Handrail


This is part 4 of our Hardwood Floor series. If you want to see other videos of the series, visit the following links:
hardwood floor part 1: how to prepare
hardwood floor part2: how to install
hardwood floor part3: how totrim

We are going to show you how to replace your steel spiral handrails with solid hardwood handrails. Replace carpet with solid hardwood stairs.
1. don’t remove your old stair and rails. You need to use the old handrails to shape the new handrail.

2. Make handrail: apply glue to laminations- sandwich together, wipe excess glue, and tape around about every two feet to hold together. Clamp the new 7-layer laminated one to your old rail. You need to do it quick because you will only have a few minutes before it dries.

Use as many clamps as you could find to hold the rail against the old railing. If you don’t have enough clamps, I have found that making square horseshoe shaped pieces make for a great bending rail bracket.

3. remove the new handrails (which were attached to the old handrail in the above step). And then remove the old handrails, remove the old carpets etc.
4. Make Stairs: there are two kinds of planks. One I used for the regular floor, this is just a regular plank. The second kind is closer to the edge with a “nose”. Cut risers and treads to stringer frames and to each other with trim screws and finish nails. Simply cover the old wood surface with the new hardwood surface.
4. When the stair unit is completely finished. Attach the handrail with balusters. You need to have a few people to help you to hold the handrails, balusters etc.

If you want to see other videos of the series, visit the following links:
hardwood floor part 1: how to prepare
hardwood floor part2: how to install
hardwood floor part3: how totrim