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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:32 pm 
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Afternoon everyone!

Can anyone offer any hints and tips to make the process of installing a staircase easier/pain free. My gut is to get someone in to do it but not even sure what questions to ask them to assertain competency etc?

Has anyone used the online staircase manufacturers (stairbox etc)? How easy are they to use?

General opinion: as a competent DIYer but untested 'builder' should I just be getting someone in to manage this 'cradle to grave'?


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 4:05 pm 
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Stair box stairs are cheap crap and are put together completely differently from a joinery shop.
I’ve fitted 2 and both required fettling and one of those had to go back as it was the wrong pitch.
Straight flights are doable for a competent diyer but stairs with winders require a fair bit know how to install.
I’d hire a joiner if I were you and maybe assist him and pick a few tips up.



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Not a job for a DIYer would be my advice.

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As Stevie points out, straight flights are doable for a competent diyer but stairs with winders require a fair bit know how to install.

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Thanks all. Looks like I'm calling a pro as I need a winder.

Any suggestions on good questions to ask to work out whether they are competent or not?


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Kieren wrote:
Thanks all. Looks like I'm calling a pro as I need a winder.

Any suggestions on good questions to ask to work out whether they are competent or not?


Try and get a joiner recommended by "word of mouth" is the best way.

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ive fitted several winder stair cases. its not to difficult but deffo get a pro. probably the best question is has he fitted winder stair cases before.

ive actually never built a stair case. love to work alongside someone to see how its done


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I'd suggest checking out YouTube, there are a few videos about fitting winder staircases which should help. When I've fitted them they have been a bit of a faff, but it's not beyond a good DIY-er with a little help from Google.

A couple of alternatives to stairbox that I've used are:
StairWorld - They were cheap and half-decent quality, but the documentation they had on their site wasn't the best. Google was definitely my friend with this one and I called their staff a couple of times.
Stair Plan - The flight was of a good quality, but they were pretty expensive for what you got, especially when you compare it to the other two.



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Many thanks one and all.


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winders can be a pain.... the kits can sometimes be a bit tricky, and heavy.... i,d get someone that knows what their doing mate...


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the problem with a stair kit with wynders is it needs some assembly
now iff everything is exact and fits well and drops into place it may be a dream
if bits need the inevitable bit off tinkering
the problem comes iff you dont have the tools or dont realize how crutial a fit is into say the newel and needs to be tight and accurate to avoid creaking and failure

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Probably a bit late on this one but I just wanted to add that I purchassed a flight of straight stairs from Stairbox recently and have had them fitted. I got the strings and treads in 32mm thick redwood pine and around 10mm veneered risers. The feedback I got from the joiner was that they were very decent quality and well made. There were plenty of spare wedges included in the box as well.


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