Assembling flat pack stairs

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9 Mar 2011
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I am after your opinions please. I have just purchased a stair case from an online supplier. They have come flat pack ready for me to assemble. They are 13 risers with three kite winders at the bottom. I have read the brief instruction and looked online for any hints and tips and will speak to the manufacturer tomorrow.

I have just tried to dry fit them together before assembling with glue and found a few issues and would like people's opinion.

1. Wedges are to big, can't hammer them in much more than as per pic. Is this ok ,do I just trim them so I can fit the riser OR trim the wedge narrower so it fits further in.


2. Are there suppose to be long wedges supplied for kite winder riser?


3. Probably the biggest problem, the treads don't fit into one side of the string. The treads are 22mm mdf but the slot is only 20mm. Could this be solved by routing out with 22mm straight cutter? Don't have one and that was the idea in buying the stairs so I didn't have to bother!


I have also placed the string into place and the treads appear to be sloping down by approx 5mm. Not sure if that measuring mistake is mine or theirs. What is an allowable tolerance when fitting.

Would you accept these issues or how would you think would be best to resolve, taking into account the delivery cost was £50.

Any advice or opinions appreciated.


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