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Tread Ends - Stairway Construction Wood Trim

Stair tread ends are located at the end or edge of a stairway. The picture below provide you with an excellent example of tread ends that are located on each side of the closed staircase.

Tread ends are usually made out of wood and are used by architects and designers to create different stairway designs. It's not uncommon to find wood tread ends, with carpet running up and down the center, between them. (See picture above)


Tread End Secrets For Do-It-Yourselfers

With only a few tools, you can build your own tread ends. All you need is a saw and a router. Well, maybe you're going to need some sandpaper, a pencil, square and a measuring tape, but other than that, you should be set.

They're not difficult to make and can usually be cut out of materials that you can order from any lumber yard or home improvement center.


Finish The Tread Ends Before Installing Carpet

I know that this falls into the category of construction common sense, but it doesn't always fall into the category of time management. If you're planning on installing the carpeting tomorrow, but the stair tread ends haven't been finished yet, you could have a problem.

Don't even risk it, if you don't have the time to finish the wood stair parts, don't install the carpet until you have. Something else you should take into consideration, would be to give the stain or paint a couple of days to dry, before installing the carpeting.

This might be hard to believe, but I've seen plenty of problems with carpeting that was installed, before the paint dried. One of the problems, led to removing and replacing the carpeting. This little tidbit of information can also apply to other parts of the building.


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