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split stair tread

Discussion in 'Floors, Stairs and Lofts' started by johntyburger, 3 Oct 2014.

  1. johntyburger

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    Just ripped up old carpet and underlay ready for new carpet in a few weeks and found one tread has split all the way across.

    The staircase is closed in with a wall either side and the tread looks tied into the skirting running up the side of the stairs.

    I have no access underneath.

    House was built around 1991 if that helps to know how it might be constructed.

    the white line in the pic shows the split

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  2. Burnerman

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    You arent going to get that tread out without major upheaval......even if you could the new piece would be very difficult to get any sort of decent fit.
    How about filling the crack with either PVA wood glue, Araldite or even car body filler....depending on the size and whether there's any movement?
    John :)
     
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    It's not very wide, I can't get a flat head screwdriver tip in it, but I can get a Stanley knife blade in some of it.
    It has cracked all the way through so there is some flex when i stand on it.

    I have some thin plywood that I was considering cutting a piece the same size as the tread and gluing it to the existing tread to stabilise the crack. I would try to fill/glue the crack first as well.

    I'm aware this will slightly change the size of the step

    Hmm just realised I don't have ply, but 2mm hardboard, not sure that would be strong enough
     
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    Not hardboard, its rubbish.....I think I'd go for the adhesive, pushed well into the crack - let it cure and see if the creak goes. Araldite is strong enough to hold aircraft together......!
    John :)
     
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    What I did in the end was to fix 6 metal repair strips across the crack, recessed into the tread and filled the crack with glue. Seems to be perfectly solid now :LOL:

    Thanks for your advice :D

    Now to get on with the painting and wallpapering prior to new carpet arriving, phew.
     
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