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Staircases

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    Toolbox

    Festool RO 150 FEQ 6-inch Rotex sander; two ladder-levelers; remodeling; chain saws

     
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    Squeak-Free Stairs With Pocket-Hole Screws

    On a new-construction job it's a good idea to give the drywallers a heads up; they can cut the pieces that go on the bottom of the stringers and set them aside for installation after the stairs are finished.

     
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    License decision judged unfair; cheap fix for plywood paneling; deck-ledger brackets; more

     
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    Toolbox

    Hitachi C12LSH sliding compound miter saw; circular saws; back-savers

     
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    Framing a Spiral Staircase

    Painstaking layout made it possible to build this lighthouse stair with standard framing tools

     
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    Framing an Elliptical Staircase

    Recently, my friend Nick Ridge and I took on a job in Northern California that had an interesting challenge — an elliptical staircase with a self-supporting inside stringer.

     
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    Keeping Up With the Munsters

    Moving stairs

     
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    Making Guardrails Look Good

    An exterior guardrail presents an opportunity to explore a house's design themes in detail. All too often, designers and builders opt for an ill-considered stock railing that technically performs the guardrail function but neglects the spirit of the building it serves.

     
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    Installing an Over-the-Post Handrail - Part II

    Loose-fitting dowels and five-minute epoxy allow fine adjustments in the assembly.

     
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    Letters

    Building paper; backpriming decks; newel layout