Weird basement stairs setup

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KevP
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Weird basement stairs setup

Post by KevP » Mon Sep 02, 2019 10:47 am

Hey guys,
I have a weird situation and I am wondering if you have runt into before or not. For some unknown reason to me (im baffled by it and it does not make sense), the tongue and groove panels were installed before the stringers. To make it even more confusing, the skirts were installed before the step treads and risers. Im in the process ripping them out however both of them being sandwiched between the stringer and the steps is annoying. I can't simply pry off the skirts.
I cant fathom cutting each skirt and panel with a Japanese saw. Kind of lost why they did it that way and it does not make sense
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A. Spruce
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Re: Weird basement stairs setup

Post by A. Spruce » Mon Sep 02, 2019 10:57 am

Probably a DIY job, you find lots of things like this when "handy" people get involved. It doesn't really matter if the stairs were installed first or last, simply cut above and below the stringers and be done with it. As you can see, there is some conduit concealed in there, use extreme caution when cutting into walls blindly, because you never know what's in there. I clipped a hot wire a few weeks ago when demoing a bathroom project, and I was being cautious and careful at the time.
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KevP
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Re: Weird basement stairs setup

Post by KevP » Mon Sep 02, 2019 11:15 am

Unfortunately i think this was the original builder... yeah my house has all conduits and EMTs but i take super caution when cutting into walls. I usuaully cut a small hole and use my camera in unknwon walls. Which tool to use for cutting? Sawzall is unpredictable

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Re: Weird basement stairs setup

Post by A. Spruce » Mon Sep 02, 2019 11:19 am

I've recently had opportunity to use an oscillating tool, which would work pretty slick for that, slow, but very controllable. Other than that, a sawzall it probably the next best thing, just try not to penetrate any deeper than the material you're cutting.
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Re: Weird basement stairs setup

Post by KevP » Mon Sep 02, 2019 11:23 am

Yeah i have a Milwaukee multitool with a plunge cut head

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