.Whew. I finished the re-do of my steps. The steps were reinforced a few months back when some friends put new stringers under the steps. At the time, the friend who was masterminding the project thought we could flip the steps over, putting the unweathered side up, thus saving me the cost of lumber for new steps. Unfortunately, a couple of the boards split in the process. Since I had no replacements, we secured them with the idea that I could later replace the bad boards.
I decided to replace them all. Having a couple new, white boards would have looked odd. The steps were previously painted that odd green, like the rest of the deck. I am working on removing it from all the flat, walked-on surfaces and will finish them natural, then paint all the uprights a rich adobe red. That would have meant that the replaced steps would always look different, thus my decision to simply replace them all.
Then I looked at the steps to be removed, and I noticed that one of the helpers had stripped many of the head of the screws while putting them in. I know who, because he commented several time. I didn't think much about it at the time, and I certainly appreciate his volunteered labor. The problem is that now with me trying to remove those stripped screws, I was going to be frustrated. So I asked my friend if I could simply put the new steps on top of the old or would that make too much weight. He said it would not hurt, and in fact, he liked the idea for sturdiness.
Yesterday I was able to get all but the bottom step done. If you look at the photo, the bottom step where the drill is sitting is the only one not finished yesterday. I was frustrated because my batteries were all exhausted halfway through cutting the final board! But I rested overnight and got after it again today.
Also, I had to fix the concrete step. I have no idea why someone did it this way, but that step is just eight inches deep (front to back). Now measure your foot .... it doesn't, or just barely fits, right? And trust me, in the winter with snow and ice, it is risky. I've wanted to make it deeper to match the others at eleven inches.
This angle shows the odd size of the step.
I charged the batteries overnight and got with it early this morning.
So I wanted to extend that bad step, but I couldn't figure out how to attach an extension to the concrete. I finally figured out how to do it. A combination of screws and Liquid Nails. Good stuff! I love the new step! It will be so much safer, and boy, does it look better, too.
This is the "new view" from the top.
And the "new view" from the bottom!
I feel pretty much like a genius at this moment!