Cutting A Stair Stringer
Just a couple points for cutting a stair stringer properly for your deck.
Some stairs have notched stringers everywhere.
There is no solid stringer covering the outsides of the steps.
This deck is an example of that. The treads overhang the stringer on the sides.
Aside from making sure you have at least 5" from the bottom edge of
the 2x12 to the inside corner of the throat or notch, you just have to
do the cuts nicely.
Here is how to make those cuts.
First Cut With a Circular Saw - Video
Second Cut With a Reciprocating Saw - Video
You can also use a hand saw. The important thing to remember is to use a
vertical up and down cutting action so you can get a nice clean 90
degree cut for the tread to sit against.
Cutting The Ends of a Solid Stringer
You're not done yet.
On the layout section pages, we showed you how to mark out the tread locations of a set of stairs for solid stringers.
Now you need to see how the ends of the stringers are cut off for final fitting and attaching to the deck
As you can see, if you leave the termination points of the stringers
untouched they will be a sharp point and your stairs won't fit very
well against the deck.
Here is one way to trim off those pointy ends so the stairs will tuck in nicely under the overhaing decking boards.
And with a nicely cut end like this, you can just tuck it under the top decking and against the fascia board or rim joist.
Cut the bottom end too.
And here is how to cut the end of the stringer to create a great looking finish.
Just cut off that shaded area to the right.
The Finished Look Is Very Nice
Some Other Great Reading
That is pretty much all there is to cutting a stair stringer.
It really is quite simple. But if you misunderstand some of the math
or don't know these little tips it is possible to make a mess of your