From a basic staircase repair to a more advanced project — such as building your own — this section will help you determine the tools and expertise level needed so you can decide whether to hire a pro or tackle the project yourself.
These repairs are good do-it-yourself projects for anyone comfortable using a hammer and drill.
These projects take more time and skill.
Installing a new indoor staircase takes patience, skill and some basic math. You'll need a variety of tools, including saws, clamps, a framing square, a chisel, safety goggles, and, for closed stringers, a router. Depending on the type of staircase and your level of expertise, consider hiring a pro.
Building codes — standards enforced by local government, and designed to ensure safety — are very specific about staircases. There are rules governing virtually every aspect of your staircase, including the rise, run and width of your steps.
The 2006 International Residential Code has been adopted by most states. But many local jurisdictions amend the IRC, so make sure you familiarize yourself with the Code in your area before you start working.
Here are some sample rules from the 2006 International Residential Code:
Some repairs don't require more than a hammer and some nails, but for others you'll need a better-stocked workbench.