Carpentry & Joinery Question

Gap between between stairs and wall


There is a gap of approx a quarter of an inch between the plank which holds up the stairs and the wall. This has previously been filled and doesn't feel unstable. Could someone tell me if this means that the stairs could collapse and requires remedial work?

The plank I mean is the one that the treads slot into and sits against the wall the entire length of the stairs.

Many thanks

3 Answers

Best Answer

The plank you are refering to is the stringer. It should be fixed to the wall with masonry nails or screws n plugs. To cover the gap you can buy timber moulding trims in BnQ

Answered 20th Feb 2012

Chris Hankers Carpentry C.H.C

Member since 6 Feb 2012

Answered 19th Feb 2012

L B Services

Member since 29 Dec 2011

Not many walls run straight & perfectly upright so a small gap between wall & stringer is quite normal and a good bit of decorating will remedy that

Answered 20th Feb 2012

m w building construction and property maintenance

Member since 28 Sep 2008

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