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blakelock
finishing chipboard risers on new stairs?

hey all,

yeah, we're in the process of having new hardwood stairs built. but my contractor decided to install OSB risers with yellow pine treads. this was absolutely not the plan. we should've had matching hardwood treads and risers.

so anyway, what are the finishing options for this type of plywood risers? can they even be painted? it seems that the texture would show right through the paint and look bad. are there thin pine sheets we could fasten on top of the OSB?

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Estaban
Re: finishing chipboard risers on new stairs?

Thats a funny way of building stairs seems to me. I usually build from bottom up to the top. Not saying it can't be done, it just makes it much harder.

You could always face it with some veneer or paint grade wood and paint it.

blakelock
Re: finishing OSB risers on new stairs?

thanks for all the thoughts. it sounds like the best option is to fasten 1/4" plywood or similar on these risers. i'm sure it would be better to fully replace the risers but i'm certain the contractor won't do that. the contractor actually had the stairs built by another company then just installed the entire prefabbed unit.

i'll let you know how it goes and give a FULL review of the company when all is said and done.

cheers

ed21
Re: finishing chipboard risers on new stairs?

Personally I'd be seriously PO'ed if I had talked about hardwood stairs and pine/particle bd. were installed.
Were the type of stairs called out in construction documents or were you not clear about the stairs or possibly the job was priced without a clear understanding of the level of finishes.
Nothing wrong with pre-fab stairs if they are done the way you want.

Estaban
Re: finishing chipboard risers on new stairs?

Prefabbed risers cost a lot more than OSB. You can definetly install them to OSB though.

I would take the guy to court if he plans on leaving it that way. That is not a finished stair case.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: finishing chipboard risers on new stairs?

If you specified and were quoted hardwood stairs, you did not get what you were quoted or paid for.
Jack

blakelock
Re: finishing chipboard risers on new stairs?
Estaban wrote:

Prefabbed risers cost a lot more than OSB. You can definetly install them to OSB though.

do these prefabbed risers just get finish nailed to the OSB surface?

so here're some more details. the contract is not very specific. it basically says:
"remove old stairs; frame and install new stairs. cost for pine = $2300; cost for oak = $2950."
of course we discussed very clearly choosing the best wood to match our hardwood floor and that i would do the staining/finishing. so it should've been clear that OSB was not acceptable. but this is not explicitly in the contract. my bad.:( since the contract does not directly say what portion of the stairs will be pine, i don't know if i have a strong enough claim in court.

we paid half the money up front. my inclination is to cut the contractor loose. i'll keep the 2nd half of the fee and finish the job myself. it's been like pulling teeth just to get them to come out and do the half-a$$ed job they've done so far. i doubt they'll ever do a good job.

p.s. they installed the stairs ~7" shifted from the old set. now there is a headroom problem too!!:eek:

Estaban
Re: finishing chipboard risers on new stairs?

Sounds like a plan to me, half a stair job, you only get half the money!

JLMCDANIEL
Re: finishing chipboard risers on new stairs?

"remove old stairs; frame and install new stairs. cost for pine = $2300; cost for oak = $2950."
That doesn't look like it says pine and OSB to me, I would say it's pretty specific.
Jack

A. Spruce
Re: finishing chipboard risers on new stairs?
JLMCDANIEL wrote:

"remove old stairs; frame and install new stairs. cost for pine = $2300; cost for oak = $2950."
That doesn't look like it says pine and OSB to me, I would say it's pretty specific.
Jack

I would agree. And regardless of what the contract says, your conversation with the contractor stated that you'd be staining the stairs yourself, which means at minimum that ALL that visible materials of the stairs would be stain grade.

I agree, withhold final payment and kick the contractor to the curb! If the contractor balks, then tell him you'd be happy to provide full payment when your agreement has been honored. Generally, there are also start and completion dates attached to a contract. If the contractor is reasonably outside of either, you have grounds for legal action. Contact the local contractor governing authority and find out what your rights are for work that wasn't completely specific in the paperwork as well as for contractors who drag projects on and don't honor implied agreements. You can usually file a grievance with this authority as well, and if the issue isn't resolved the contractor faces penalties and suspension.

NEC
Re: finishing chipboard risers on new stairs?

I worked for/as a stair builder for a while a long time ago. Hardest job I ever had in my life. I would assemble them in the morning and deliver them in the afternoon by myself, off loading them from a flatbed truck and getting them into the building. I got paid for eight hours at minimum wage but usually worked 12 or more every day………. Getting fired from that job, the only job I was ever fired from, was one of the best things that ever happened to me.

The fact that they got the rise and run wrong leaving you with the wrong head clearance would be a code violation, I would think, and enough reason to have the stairs replaced.

The risers are a joke and I would withhold payment until corrected.

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