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I had the privilege attending the 30th annual conference of the STAIRBUILDERS AND MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Here is a little video and slideshow I put together.
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Here's a very simple alternating-tread stair I just completed.
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6/30/18
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Welcome to Top Tread Stairways! We're in the shop here today showing you an alternating-tread staircase that's' going to a job-site in Napa tomorrow. I'm standing on the landing which is at exactly mid-floor level. It's going into one one these 100-year-old houses with a steep roof and lots of attic space. The homeowner called me last month saying he wants to access this large attic area with something better than a ladder. He didn't have room for a conventional stair but this alternating-tread space-saving stair was a perfect fit. It's all Red Oak which matches the hardwood floors throughout the house. Once these are installed at the site we'll put a handrail on top of the stringers on the open side of each stair.
I'll tell you a little about the alternating-tread staircases. It's built in a way that is nearly as easy to climb as a conventional stair. When we walk up a convectional stairway we normally use half of the stair tread at a time, placing one foot on the right half and the next foot on the left half. The idea of an alternating-tread stair is make half of each tread wide enough for your foot and then alternate the wide end of these paddle-shape treads from left to right. You still have your 10 inch minimum tread depth plus a 1 inch nosing projection. This give you 11" of support for each foot, just like a conventional stair. We normally make the risers a max of 7-3/4", but code allows us to go as high as 9 inches. This one is 7-3/4" which is very comfortable.
We installed a metal bar across the middle of each open-riser to limit the open space to less than a 4 inch gap.
Anyway, I just wanted to give you a quick shot of this. Tomorrow morning we get to go to the job-site and install this. I'd can't wait to see the look on the customer's face when we have this installed. I'll let him do the bragging :-)
Last but not least, I'd like to give glory to God and special recognition to a Jewish carpenter named Jesus. I don't know for sure if He built stairways as a carpenter, but I am happy to say that He is my LORD and I want to live my whole life for Him. God bless you!
And please contact me if you want any type of custom stairs.
Clyde 916-991-9700
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Here's a new string of pictures and videos related to the 4 open-riser stairs I installed in Skagway Alaska last year. Enjoy traveling with me and catch a piece of the excitement!
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Here's the whole story. Take a ride with me to Skagway Alaska and watch these stairs get installed.
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Check out this 3-minute video of a curved stair we completed this week.
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These Stairs went to Skagway Alaska!
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Check this out! This stair is now on it's way to Kailua, Hawaii. Next job up is 4 stairways going to Skagway, Alaska.
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Enjoy a walk up and down this custom staircase.
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