Step 2: Marking a straight line

marking a straight line on tread
photo: Kristine Larsen
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If your tread has returns (small projections that would have given the tread a finished look when its ends were exposed), remove them. Start by marking a straight line along both ends.
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    Tools List

    • nail puller
      nail puller
    • paint scraper
      scraper
    • speed square
      speed square
    • bar clamps
      bar clamp
    • jigsaw
      jigsaw
    • drill
      drill/driver, with countersink combo bit
    • torpedo level
      torpedo level
    • hammer
      hammer

    Shopping List

    1. Salvaged spindles

    2. Salvaged stair tread

    3. Rough-sawn pine board, or salvaged riser

    4. 2x4, for blocking

    5. 3 ½-inch deck screws

    6. 1 5/8 screws

    7. 8d finishing nails