Bowed Stringer (Can it be straightened)

Discussion in 'Floors, Stairs and Lofts' started by sevensixty, 29 Oct 2019.

  1. sevensixty

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    Hi there,

    Is it possible to straighten the stringer on our staircase? Its' out by about 10mm at its worst point, at the midpoint of the staircase. There is nothing structurally wrong (solid) but doesn't look good and we want to refurbish it as we redecorate.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated :D
     

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  3. JohnD

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    no, but you can fix a bit of ornamental trim to it to deceive the eye.

    Nobody who comes to your house, except a carpenter, will notice it, and absolutely nobody will care.
     
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    the ply i assume to fill the open tread stairs to the back i assume where cut to a standard size and centered
    orrr they where fitted tight and the string has bellied[bowed]out??
    if you protect the string at the bow with a block off wood and tap with a hammer what happens ??
     
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    sevensixty, good evening.

    As "big-all" above.

    Am I correct is seeing light between the risers [both sides] and the two strings?

    If so? as above, tap the string back so the tread re-seats in the rebate, and to keep it there run some liquid glue into the tread / string joints, BUT clean of any residue on the "visible" surface

    Ken.
     
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    could be that the supporting wall "The Spandrel" having been removed has weakened the flight?
    glue wont do anything for a flight of stairs, and all their vibrating traffic.
    forcing the bowed string back into position, and fixing Ell brackets to the inside of both strings & the risers where they are screwed to the treads might help? ie two Ell brackets per riser/tread.

    if this is a case of the string working its way out over time then who knows where it will stop?
    if all else fails then screw the string back at each tread from the outside face of the string.
     
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    Just an idea for consideration...

    If that wall to the right had side of the stair is an outside wall, I would be drilling a hole through that wall, through the right hand and the left hand stringers and fitting a threaded rod with nuts and washers, to pull that stringer back to where it belongs. If its recessed into to stringer and recessed into the face of the outside wall it would be invisible apart from the rod showing under the steps.
     
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