I was a lot more courageous in my youth: I tore through empty subdivisions at breakneck speed on my minibike, raced through prickly pear cactuses on horseback, and even built my first stair — three stories high — using only a framing square, a circular saw, and an Audels carpenter's guide.

It's been more than 30 years since I cut those stringers, and until last summer I didn't build another stair. I've worked around them a lot, installing more than my share of skirtboards, landing balustrades, wainscoting, baseboard, and so forth. But it took a recent job and a new employee, Daniel Parish, to motivate me to learn how to install...

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