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 just removed old carpet from my stairs want to have wooden stairs, my question is do i need to remove the old treads and risers that are there or can i just put the new treads and risers i bought from home depot on top of the old.        
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Posted 2016-07-26T19:24:06+0000  by tgy tgy

Hello tgy and welcome to the Community.


The proper and best approach to this stair project is to replace the old stairs and risers.

Building codes dictate the measurements of  stair risers and treads as well as widths and headroom.


If you install the new components over the old stairs and risers, you will have uneven 1st and last steps that can create a very dangerous trip hazard.  All steps should be the same height. You will as so change your headroom.


At any point on the staircase, you should have a full 6 feet, 8 inches minimum vertical distance between the stair tread and the ceiling.



Thank you for your inquiry.



Posted 2016-07-26T19:57:06+0000  by Char_HD_CHI
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