The staircase is often the grand centrepiece of a home and it’s certainly the most complicated piece of carpentry.
Stairs see a lot of heavy traffic and keeping them looking good requires little more than regular dusting, cleaning and vacuuming.
To keep them in good repair, here are a few easy carpentry techniques for balustrades and steps that can save you the cost of calling a tradie.
Stop squeaking stairs - with baby powder
If you have a squeaky stair that needs silencing, sprinkle talcum powder into the seam at the back between the tread and the riser.
You’ll need to apply it again when the powder works its way out of the joint. Powdered graphite also works or just scrape the lead of a pencil.
Fix squeaks with sealant
An easy way to quiet a squeak is to apply a thin bead of sealant under the step nosing, to cushion the joint where the tread meets the riser. Do this from the top on uncarpeted stairs.
After applying the sealant, run a plastic spoon or your finger, wearing a rubber glove, along it to remove the excess and push the sealant into the squeaky joint. Clean up any excess as directed on the packet before it dries.
If you can get to the steps from the underside, seal the joints of the squeaky step from there as well using sealant or polyurethane foam filler.