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Capt.Ozone
Removing adhesive from stair stringer.
Capt.Ozone

I'm replacing the treads and risers on a staircase and have removed the existing treads. There is a lot of construction adhesive from when the original treads were installed. How can I get rid of the old construction adhesive so I have a clean stringer to adhere my new treads to?

Warped
Re: Removing adhesive from stair stringer.
Warped

I'm not an expert but I would sand it flat and then install the new treads. I also wouldn't use construction adhesive on the new treads. If you pre-drill nail holes in the new treads at opposing 45* angles, the stair treads won't squeak and they won't come loose either. Nail the one closest to the riser towards the riser and the one at the outside towards the outside like this... The vertical line is the riser... | / \ Doing that essentially creates a vise. If you are worried about the tread board cupping, you can put one nail in between the other two straight down. Be sure that your pilot holes are slightly smaller than the nails themselves. Hope this helps!

Jeff

jerry36352
Re: Removing adhesive from stair stringer.
jerry36352

A effective way to remove it is to use either a scraper or a razor blade to get off the heavy stuff then just lightly go over them with a orbital sander

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