Skirt Board On Existing Stairs

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Old 08-04-2008, 09:54 PM   #1
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Skirt Board On Existing Stairs

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was wondering if anyone could give me some advice with making a skirt board along a set of concrete stairs.

basically, how do i lay it out? the stairs will be carpeted after I finish my trim work at the job. Thanks!

I am also trying to get the skirt board to line up with 4.25" base. Thanks
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Old 08-05-2008, 12:08 AM   #2
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Or....just lay a 1 X 12 on edge running up the stairs, resting on the tips of the treads. Scribe down to the treads the right amount to make it line up with your 4-1/4" base. Use a framing square to mark for riser cuts. Then if the risers are angled back as they sometimes are in a carpeted situation, scribe the skirt board back after it has been scribed down. This will usually require that 2 boards be connected together to cover the entire length of the stairs. If it is a paint-grade application, you can make straight cuts, and use biscuits to join them together. If stain grade, I usually make a scarf joint. (angled cuts.)

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For picking up the splay cut from stringer to base board,just lay a piece of base against the wall and mark the wall place the base along nose of the treads and mark this on the wall.
Where these 2 points meet will give you the angle that you will need to split to give the splay cut on the stringer and base board.
Do this at the top and bottom and you can pick up the length and width of the timber that will be needed for the stringer.
Don't forget that if there is a molding in the base this will have to be cut into the stringer before fitting. If the molding is to complicated rip a piece from a base board reduce the stringer to allow for this and the fasten the ripping to the wall.Taken step by step it's not that complicated.Billy.
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