Beacon Hill - risers and treads

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I punched out all the risers and treads then noticed some are larger than others. Is this just a minor quirk in the kit or is one supposed to be larger than the other? Thank you

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It should show you that  on your schematic drawings I punched a set out  for a house presuming  they were all the same , they were not and I had to go to the drawings to see why not and where they went.

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You should have equal numbers of the two sizes or perhaps one more of the smaller ones.  The wider ones are your treads and the narrower ones are your risers.  I try to fit one of the stringers in my magnetic gluing jig, but if that doesn't work you can make a lovely jig from Lego bricks to hold thing square until the glue dries.  I stain the treads and any other stair parts I don't want to prime & paint.  I install the risers first, to one stringer and then place the second stringer in the jig and flip the first and glue the risers to the second stringer.  Then I prop the staircase up with clamps and install the treads.  Depending on what I use for replacement balusters I drill holes in one side of the tread to seat them; I haven't yet found a satisfactory way to get the balusters to sit straight on the treads to receive the banister rail otherwise.

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Yes that is correct, the risers are smaller than the threads, and 1 riser is shorter that the others (the starting one, this should be specified in the instructions). When I punched them out I separeted them in two piles to help me not mix them up, the diference is minimal but required for the steps to sit flat after assembled.

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Thanks for the reminder about that bottom riser, Ashley; I had totally forgotten that one.

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I keep the board that I pop the pieces out of right beside me so that if I'm not sure about certain pieces, I can put them back in the board like a puzzle and check the schematic to see what they are.  This comes in especially handy with stairs because often there are subtle differences in top and bottom steps and risers.

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And if you mix them up....No biggie. There is almost always a fix. I didn't like how much the treads hung out past the risers, so I sanding them with my Dremel. I had glued them on first and decided I didn't like the look. After they dried I sanded and stained the edges again. 

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