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What Do You Need To Know About Cutting Stair Treads?


Stair treads are one of the most common types of home remodelling in Houston, and there are a few different ways to go about them. For starters, you can use a pry bar to remove old treads. But another option is to use a circular saw with a rip blade which will make short work of this task!

How to Cut Stair Treads in Houston?

Houston residents have a lot of options to choose from when it comes to home remodelling. Here are the steps you need to follow to cut stair treads using a circular saw:

Measure Your Stair Treads

Measure the length and width of each stair tread you’ll be working with; don’t forget to measure the thickness of your stair stringers (the boards that run up and down on either side of your stairway). Write down this information.

Cut Your Stair Stringers

Clamp a straight board to your stair stringer. This board will act as a guide for your circular saw so you can properly align the tool with the stairs and cut straight through them. Cut along this line using your circular saw and repeat the process on all sides of each stair stringer.

Measure and Mark Your Stair Tread

Prepare the ground below, where you will install one of your stair treads. Make sure to align your stair tread with your stringer so that both are perfectly straight. Measure the distance between the top of the stair treads Houston and the bottom of each riser (the vertical boards that form each step in your stairs); write these measurements down too.

Clamp the Stair Tread

Use a clamp to secure your stair treads to the ground where it will be installed. Begin this process by aligning one end of your stair tread with the stringer, and then use another clamp on the other end to hold it in place.

Cut Your Stair Treads

Position your circular saw blade so that it is flush against the top of your stair tread. If you have a tile or laminate underlayment, make sure to position your circular saw blade on the plywood, where it will make contact with the underlayment.

Cut Your Stairs

Cut through your stair treads following the measurements you made earlier in Step 3. Make this cut inside your two clamped areas. Repeat this process on your entire stair treads and stringers before you install them.

Install Your Stair Treads

Use a pry bar to lift up one end of your stair tread and slide the other end underneath the stringers. Hold this piece in place with two screws, one at each end. Repeat these steps to install all of your stair treads.

Calculate Material Losses

You’ll lose some material when you cut your stair treads, so make sure to calculate all of the losses before completing this step. The average DIY-er can expect to lose about 1/2″ from each piece of plywood they work with.


The article has provided the reader with a few methods which can be used to cut stair treads. Note that it is not advisable to use a circular saw because of the risk of injury. I hope that reading this article has been helpful to you, and you can now decide on how to proceed with your project. If you want more information, feel free to contact me!

What Do You Need To Know About Cutting Stair Treads?

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