How to install staircase skirt board

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Installing a skirt board on a staircase requires some time and preparation to do properly. You want top make sure your cuts are square, and that the skirt board fits properly and without gaps.

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  1. 1

    Install the risers of the stairs, making sure that the risers are plumb when you do so.

  2. 2

    Place the skirt board over the riser's top, making sure you follow the rake of the staircase. Tack the skirt board in place so it won't move as you install a staircase skirt board.

  3. 3

    Set a level against the riser's face, and run a pencil along the level, marking the riser's front and the skirt board as well.

  4. 4

    Use a framing square to make a line that's 90 degrees from the riser's top. Repeat the process with all of the risers as you install a skirt board on a staircase.

  5. 5

    Remove the skirt board, and cut along all of the pencil lines you have made to create the rise and run.

  6. 6

    Slip your skirt board into place and check the fit. Make any adjustments as needed as you install a skirt board on a staircase.

  7. 7

    Secure the skirt board in place, then cut the treads of the stairs so that they will fit in between the skirt boards. You may wish to allow a few extra inches on the treads as you cut them, to counter any shrinkage that might occur.

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