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Old 01-03-2011, 10:31 AM   #1
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Indoor Step Fix

I noticed that the steps going up to the bedroom in our fifth seemed to flex more than they should, so went into the basement and removed the rear "wall" to access the underneath of the stair structure. And of course, there was indeed an issue.
The structure itself is sturdy enough, heavy plywood sides to which the steps are stapled to. But, they are "stapled", and it seems that FR couldn't afford enough staples to do the job properly. So I drilled pilot holes, careful to not drill though the top of the steps, and put about 10 screws in each step, two in each end and 6 across the front of each step.
I only needed to do the top 2 steps, as the bottom one is reasonably supported.
Now the steps are very solid and don't flex at all.
I wonder what else I will find?
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Old 01-03-2011, 08:04 PM   #2
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Keep looking....I'm sure more will show itself! Thanks for your posts. Know they are of great benefit to the rest of us.
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Old 01-03-2011, 08:34 PM   #3
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Yeah, I think crocus could be FRF's Member Of The Year! Your recent posts will no doubt be a benifit to all who read them. You're not only finding potential problems, but posting the fixes as well.

Thanks again!
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Old 01-03-2011, 09:15 PM   #4
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I appreciate the compliment, but I imagine some would say I was being far too fussy! I'm driving my wife crazy, and she definitely thinks I'm nuts!
But, I have found, over the years, that the better I take care of my equipment, the better it treats me. It was actually my wife who bought this fifth, and we hope to keep it for as long as we are on the road. Other great posters have brought up issues, and it is because of their sharing that I decided to go over ours with a fine-tooth comb.
If anything I post helps someone else stop a problem before it starts, that is a bonus.
Above all,
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