Friday, 11 August 2017

Day Three Of The Staircase Repairs

We're now on day three of the complete staircase repair, what a transformation! Both good and bad; bad in that the lovely staircase i'm used to looking at has pretty much disappeared in certain sections as you'll see below, but good in the sense that rapid progress is being made.

Quite a bit of rubble has been generated, between the removal of rotten threads and lots of lathe and plaster from the under side of the stair flights:

The lower flight carriage pieces have been removed and replaced with a beefier hardwood:

With new tread support pieces:

One of the old carriage pieces:

The lower flight is now rock solid and straight once again!

The work above has been much more invasive:

Acrow supports are holding up the upper flights of stairs so that the stringers and internal supports can be pushed upwards and tied together:

The second floor landing has quite a complex array of internal support beams, which have all been treated against rot, hence the black colour:

Additional bolts and plates which enter the wall and provide additional strength:

More doubling up on support pieces:

This is the section of stairs where the right side flight had dropped way from the left side (below). Now that they are in their correct positions, they are being glued and tied together:

The large opening that was once here is now gone:

More updates to follow!


  1. OK.



    I am restoring a huge 1894 house but your stair work makes all MY work look like a piece of cake!

    I am in awe.

  2. Ross (Restoring the Cross House): you and Voodoo Melon both have the skills, attention to detail, patience and creativity. You are both awesome. Thanks to both of you for sharing your journeys with us.

  3. Voodoo
    Love you blog, great inspiration and information. We just bought a Georgian townhouse in Co.Cork, was wondering who did you go with for home insurance?