Stair Building Ideas For Design And Construction

Wedges - Carpentry And Adjustments

Wedges are long triangular shaped pieces that can be used to raise or separate building materials. The picture below provides you with an excellent example of three wedges that are being used to raise the center stair stringer. Wedges can be used for a variety of different things and I'm never surprised, when I see someone using one of them, for something I would have never even thought of.

Stairway Wedges

If you're planning on building and finishing a set of stairs, it wouldn't be a bad idea to have a few wedges around, just in case you need to make some adjustments. Don't forget, that you can always cut your own wedges, out of scrap lumber or other pieces of wood.

I rarely carried a bucket of wedges around with me, like some of the carpenters, I was working with. I would often grab a piece of wood and cut my own wedges when needed. The only time I ever used wedges, was to make stair stringer adjustments, before nailing them off completely.

If you're planning on installing pre-hung doors, it wouldn't be a bad idea to have a bucket of shims handy, because you can go through a lot, in a hurry.


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