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Hanger Board - Stair Framing And Building

A hanger board can refer to a few different things in the home building industry. A hanger board could represent a piece of wood that's used to connect another piece of wood to a ceiling, floor or other structural framing components.

It also refers to a board used to create a space in between a framed wall and the stair treads. This space will allow the drywaller to slip a piece of drywall in between the stairs and the wall. If this hanger board wasn't installed, the drywall installer would need to cut the drywall around the treads and risers. If you've ever had to do this, it's time-consuming and it creates a weaker wall.

It's usually better to nail your hanger board onto the side of your stair stringer, instead of the wall. I should say it easier, but either way works.

Hanger Board Framing Tip: Make sure that you fasten the hanger board securely to the stair stringer and the wall that the stair stringer is going to be next to. By nailing the stair stringer and the hanger board to the wall framing, you will create a rigid stair stringer that won't flex or move.

If you didn't nail the stair stringer to the wall, this could actually create a squeaking sound, as the stair stringer moves up and down, rubbing against the wall studs.


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