Building Stairs (For Pros By Pros)

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  • Michael Davis says:
    44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Just What I Needed, March 23, 2008
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    Michael Davis (Sunnyvale, CA USA) –
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    This review is from: Building Stairs (For Pros By Pros) (Paperback)
    I am a serious DIYer, and when I decided to tackle a stair construction project in a two-story addition, I looked through my collection of books, downloaded stair building codes, and found whatever else I could on the internet. I also had back issues of Fine Homebuilding Magazine, where I found various articles, including the March 1998 issue which has an article by Mr. Engel, “Bulding Finish Stairs.” Despite having these resources, I still lacked the confidence to tackle the project, and I wanted a better book. I bought this book based on the excellent reviews, and I haven’t been disappointed. If you need to build some stairs, indoor or outdoor, this book has everything you need to start the job, provided you already own a shop full of tools and know how to use them. The book fully explains the trade-offs between various types of construction and details how to accomplish the job with illustrated clearly-written text. As an example, I located a local source for engineered stringer lumber after going to a URL listed in the book. I had some initial confusion as to whether I should buy this book since there is another book by almost the same name, “Building Stairs (For Pros by Pros) by Fine Homebuilding Editors”, that received horrible reviews. That book appears to be a loose collection of former Fine Homebuilding articles, including the previously mentioned March 1998 article. I have a collection of similar books from Fine Homebuilding, and they are of somewhat limited value.

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  • Greg B says:
    22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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    Excellent Manual, January 18, 2008
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    Greg B

    This review is from: Building Stairs (For Pros By Pros) (Paperback)
    This book covers every aspect of stair building very thoroughly. Some of the topics covered are both open & housed stair construction, winders, handrailing, & exterior stairs. Much attention is paid to detail. There are literally hundreds of excellent photos & clear, concise drawings. The text is easy to follow & along the way the author shares plenty of tips & techniques for building beautiful, durable stairs. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned carpenter, you’ll find plenty of good information here. A great addition to my library!

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  • Ewan Smith says:
    15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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    A terrific resource, February 5, 2008
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    Ewan Smith (Ottawa, ON) –
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    This review is from: Building Stairs (For Pros By Pros) (Paperback)
    A nicely organized and well laid-out manual that covers everything from stairbuilding basics up to complex railing and finishing details. Written in an easy-to-read casual tone with clear photos and drawings, helpful sidebars and useful appendices. Definitely recommended.

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