Working on replacing top set of steps now
Got the stairs which go downstairs done and was able to attach the stairs from the underneath with screws at an angle and poly glued everything. All joints are tight and no squeeks.Turned out perfect.
I have moved to the next set of steps which go to the upstairs (House is split level) portion of the house. When I went to remove the stringers, again to recut them because they are so out of square, and fix the fact that the rise on all the stairs was 7 inches except the bottom one, it was 5" I found that the ceiling for the closet, which is below the steps, was nailed directly to the stringers. Well long story short. The ceiling is out by default because the old stringers were junk. A big benefit I have found is I now have access to the bottom of the steps and can install them the same way as the bottom set. Is attaching the ceiling for the closet directly to the stair stringers a common way to do things? I would think that the ceiling would flex as people step on the stairs above it. Eventually it would cause cracks in the ceiling. It is in a closet so it would be not seen until you open the closet door. My question is... After I finish installing the steps, should I frame out the ceiling area (lumber suggetions, sizes for this?) or should I just attach the drywall to the bottom of the stringers like the previous people did? I will post pics later on tonight.