Expert Advice on Improving Your Home
L.J. Smith® Stair Systems has introduced a new Concealed Iron Baluster Installation Kit

New Concealed Iron Baluster DIY Installation Kit from L.J. Smith Stair Systems

L.J. Smith® Stair Systems has introduced a new Concealed Iron Baluster Installation Kit, making it simpler for homeowners to tackle the DIY project.
Staircase featuring linear metal panel system

Linear Metal Panel System Highlight of Home Renovation

A linear panel metal stairway system opens up the living area of this couple's home.
Repairing a loose staircase baluster spindle using a toothpick and wood glue.

How to Repair a Loose Staircase Baluster Spindle

Find out how to repair a loose staircase baluster spindle using only a toothpick and wood glue. Watch this video to see how it's done.
Staircase with wood stairs.

How to Stop Squeaks in Stairs

To stop steps from squeaking, insert wood shims between the tread and stringer from underneath, or screw the step down from above. Watch this video to find out more.
Mortise Chisels

How to Stop Wood Steps or Flooring from Squeaking

Robert asks, “I have an older home with wood steps that are squeaking. I’ve tried everything from brackets to screws to shims and nothing works. Can you help?”

If shims and screws haven’t worked, it may be time to try something new. Read on to find out more.
Assembling a staircase railing on the landing

Constructing Staircase Railings for the Kuppersmith Project House

Watch this video to see how we fabricated bullnose trim to finish off the heart pine flooring on the staircase landing of the Kuppersmith project house and constructed a new staircase railing that matched the existing one perfectly.
Staircase after part of the landing has been removed

Opening Up the Staircase Landing in the Kuppersmith Project House

In addition to modifying the interior wall framing on the Kuppersmith Project house to allow for added closet space and new doorways, we also removed part of the staircase landing on the second floor to open up the space. Watch this video to see how it was done.

How to Paint a Stairwell

Marie asks, "What's the best way to paint my stairwell?"

To paint your stairwell, position a ladder at the bottom facing the staircase with a walkboard resting on one of the rungs and extending over to the stair tread that is level with it.

Dealing with Basement Stairs

When finishing a basement, be sure the stairs leading to it from the main floor meet building codes and do not pose a safety hazard. Possible areas of concern include the width of the stairs, the height to width ratio of the treads, and clearance at the bottom of the stairs.