Repair A Broken Stair on Your Home

In any multi-level home, stairs are a necessity. While you may not give them much thought, if there’s an issue, it can cause problems for the overall flow of the home and even pose a danger to family members. If you notice an issue with a creaking stair or feel the board crack under your foot, it’s time to repair your stairs.

While repairing an entire set of stairs is a big job, if you have a basic knowledge of carpentry, you can replace a single stair tread on your own. If you choose to do this as a DIY project, you should set aside at least a day to complete. Follow these instructions to repair a broken stair tread.

Before you begin any DIY project, you’ll need plan your budget. While you’ll save money by doing this project yourself, you’ll need to invest in the materials and tools needed to repair your stair. This is a project recommended for experienced DIY-ers, so if you’re just starting out with a few home improvement projects, you may want to leave this to the pros. The average cost to repair stairs is $566, with most homeowners spending between $360 and $654.

 

Materials Needed

  • Tape Measure
  • Replacement Wood
  • Liquid Nails
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Cardboard
  • Pry Bar
  • Saw, if customizing size at home

With any DIY project, there are safety concerns to be aware of. Your stairs are a utility that’s needed daily. For this project, you’ll be removing a vital part of the stairwell. For this reason, you’ll need to alert anyone in the home that the stairs are being repaired. When you aren’t working on them, be sure to block them off and remove any sharp objects from the area.

In this instance, we’ll be talking about a single tread in a rectangular shape. For rounded or oblong shaped treads, you’ll need to take more measurements to get the cut you need. You’ll need to be sure that the new stair tread is secure once the project is finished. If you’re uncertain, contact a pro who can help.

 

Step 1: Measure & Inspect

Before you make any cuts or remove any parts of the stair, take the measurements of the tread, railings and riser. These will all be necessary for the cuts you will need to make into your new stair tread. You’ll also want to inspect the source of the damage. If the board is cracked, try to understand why. Was there a lack of support under the tread? Is the board rotting? These issues must be addressed by a pro before the tread is replaced.

 

Step 2: Remove Old Stair Tread

Be sure that any carpeting, rugs or decorative element is removed from your stair tread before you begin work. Take your pry bar and carefully remove the stair tread from the riser. Though you took measurements, do your best to keep the tread still intact. If you’re not refinishing the entire staircase, be careful not to damage the riser as well.

Once you’ve removed the stair tread, trace the outline on to cardboard. You will use this as a template to guide your cut for the new tread. If the stair tread comes out in pieces, use a piece of cardboard to cut a template of the space.