Fixing a Loose Wooden Step – Fix that wobbly and creaky step and no longer fear your staircase! Read on to find out how you can fix a loose wooden step for good and keep enjoying your beautiful interior or exterior wooden stairs!
Fixing a Loose Wooden Step on Your Staircase
Materials That You Will Need To repair a Loose Wooden Step
- Air Compressor
- Polyurethane/Wood Glue
- Wood Blocks
- Threaded Rod
- Carriage Bolts
- Pry Bar
- Utility Knife
Step 1: Determine Where the Loose Wooden Step Is
Most often Oak wood is used,
but hardwood is very common too. Figure out what type of wood stairs you have if you don’t already know and assess the damage.
If you can’t clearly see where the wooden step is loose, try looking between the stair treads, often the problem starts there. Squeaky stairs could be separated from the wall – so take precaution here.
Listen for any squeaking or creaking when you step on the wooden stair. You can also feel if the wood has any give.
Check the diagonal part of the stairs that runs from the treads to the risers – the stringers can spread apart and cause the treads and risers to loosen.
Step 2: Repair Steps Where Necessary
Once you have located the problem you can start to repair your loose wooden step. Blow compressed air into any spaces and clear of dirt and debris. You may need to remove glue or nails on the stringer spread. You will probably need to cut the drywall at the corners of the stairs to be sure the drywall paper doesn’t tear on the adjacent walls. Using a sharp knife would be the best tool of choice for this procedure.
Rip the drywall out using a pry bar or a hammer and remove any nails that are in the bottom of the risers. Drill a small hole (about 9.5 mm) into a block of wood, and then drill another hole that will be big enough to fit the carriage bolt (a round headed bolt that works best on wood) into the wood’s backside.
Measure the 9.5 mm threaded rod so that it is a bit longer than the width of your loose wood step. You’ll want to insert the rod through the wood into the bolt and then attach the wood block to the stringer so that it is against the wall. (Use screws and glue for this)
At this point the rod will stick out toward the opposite wall, and you’ll want to attach the block to the opposite stringer. Tighten the bolts with a wrench and have someone help guide the risers and treads back in as your turn the rod. Replace the drywall and use caulking to caulk any loose joints.
Step 3: Scan and Step
Be sure to do a careful visual of the
finished step repair. If you see any holes you can always cover it up with wood putty.
Put the carpet back on (if you have it) and step on the stairs to test out the solidity. If you followed the guidelines correctly you should have quiet and sturdy wooden stairs that are back to their original state!
Remove any carpet on wooden stairs very carefully so you do not damage the surface of your original wooden stairs
Have a work partner help you who knows or has had previous experience working on loose wooden stairs so they are a second set of eyes and an extra pair of safety hands
With these detailed steps to guide you on how to fix a know about loose wooden step process, you can use your silent wooden steps with confidence again! But, if you are too tired and have no time to fix a loose wooden step in your house in Toronto, then why not let us do it for you! At Home Painters Toronto we can do this for you. Call us NOW at 416-494-9095…