FastenMaster PROStar PROTips Gary Daley – Picture Framing Stair Treads

hi everybody my name is Gary Daly and I am America's deck builder today I'm going to show you how to build a better stair tread I'm using a cap composite product which as we all know is two materials bonded together and nobody wants to see that at the end of their stair tread nobody wants to see a clean cut so we're going to do is we're going to finish it we're going to picture-frame our stair tread tools were going to use today and the impact driver a corded dry a corded drill I like this a little bit better it gives me a little more speed a little more power than a cordless screw this formulated specifically for a cab composite I need our safety glasses and tape measure and of course we're going to need a chop saw okay first thing we're going to do is we're going to cut to exact lengths and the to get the lengths exact is very critical to get in tight seams at the end so I'm going to pull this forward over its a square edge board non-group I've already set up a jig here to stop me at exactly 48 inches I'm going to cut an angle flop it slide it cut an angle I've got exactly 48 I'm going to flop it slide it and cut it again I've got two pieces that are exactly the same now I'm going to cut my corners at the end and I've already established a line here this is where I'm going to bring it out too so that I have about a 3/16 gap between my two main tread boards so it's critical that I get each of these exact as well so I want to make sure that these are really tight and they are what I'm going to do now is I'm going to drill some holes through these through these corner pieces and I'm going to come in at a 15 to 20 degree angle both sides and I'm going to do all of my triangles at once then I'm going to bring them in and I'm going to continue my hole straight through into into the main board the reason I'm going to do this in two steps rather than one is because if I try to drill straight through in one smooth action the drill bit is going to push some junk through this hole that's going to cause these two to separate and it's going to keep me from being able to have a really nice tight seam which is the objective here now that I've got these holes drilled I want to continue the hole into my main tread I have to get a really good grip on here to keep this triangle and shifting when the when the bit touches the moon good some junk did push through the hole we have to scrape that off while it's still hot and that'll keep it from acting as a barrier to a tight seam okay what I'm going to do now is I'm going to take a screw and I'm going to run it in and out of this hole twice to push all the junk out that might cause separation of the two pieces in preparation for the installation of the tread we have to put blocking in between our outermost stair stringers I call these my miter plates and they're going to allow us to install this solidly without any possibility of an elevation difference between this piece and this piece the next thing I'm going to do is I'm going to orient my tread to the structure of the stairs and I'm going to fasten it down the reason for this screw pattern is to make sure that each of these pieces is tied down to the miter plate that we prepared down below and that will make a nice smooth surface also we don't need any screws out on the end because we've already attached these and this is going to hold everything down now we'll just move across the board and attach the tread to each of our stair stringers so now we've got a stair tread that shows pride in craftsmanship

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