Remodel Stair to Stair Tread Covers with Plasterboard


Stair tread covers – Sheetrock covers bare studs to form a smooth while hiding the plumbing pipes and wall insulation. Sheetrock can not cope with the traffic on the stairs or elsewhere and requires removal. Start with block access to the stairs with caution tape or create a barrier with a sheet of plywood.  Pull the nails holding the sheetrock to beams, which are the brackets on either side of the staircase, with the claw end of a hammer. Climb a ladder to reach the higher areas of the beams near the ceiling.

Wedge claw end of a hammer on the heads of the nails holding the drywall to the stair tread covers. Remove the sheetrock of the tread. Pull the nails to remove the sheetrock from the elevator. Cut new treads and risers of wood that matches the size of the treads and risers with a circular saw. Nail in the new tread and riser. Inspect the treads and risers of loose nails and went missing. Drive the nails in place with a hammer. Load a belt sander or an orbital sander with sandpaper grain 100. Sand the surfaces of the treads and risers to remove old paint or sealants. Sand-areas difficult to reach by hand or sanding block.

Bar downstairs powder with a brush, starting at the top of the stairs and working toward the bottom. Vacuum dust from the bottom with a standard shop vacuum. Examine the stairs to gouges, deep scratches and nicks. Fill damaged areas with wood putty. Allow the mastic dried for one hour. Sand the wood putty with sandpaper grain 100 to make the surface smooth. Clean all surfaces of the stairs with a tack cloth to remove any dust. Apply a coat of primer and two coats of paint on the stair tread covers, allowing each coat to dry for four or five hours between coats.

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