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Wood Stair Cleats: Definition & Dangers in Using

Posted by kellysimpson230909 on February 20, 2012

Do you know about wood stair cleat? If no, then let me tell you. A stair cleat is the second name of a thread bracket. In fact, it is the part of the stairway that helps the stair stringer connect to the stair step. Wood stair cleats are being used for many years, and most probably give rise to the similar problem.

Most wood stair cleats get loosened and bring about a safety hazard. If the stairs are fixed out in the extreme weather conditions, for example, your staircase could not stay for long if isn’t given proper maintenance. Let’s face it; using steel or concrete for stairways during such extreme climates means leading them to their deteriorating stage.

If you walk up a set of stairs having wood cleats and the stair steps have a bit wiggly and loose, ensure you inspected the stair cleats for safety. It is common for someone to be descending up and down a set of wood stairs, getting the stair tread or step giveaway since the wood cleats are loosened.

If the wood stair cleats get nailed to the stair stringer, the nails could get slackened, giving rise to the stair cleat to be loose, as you descend up and down the stairs levying pressure to the stair cheat, this is going to cause motion or movement in between the stair stringer and the stair step. This might lead the stair cleat to split, crack and detach the connection between the stair steps in the stair stringer.

Here using metal brackets in place of wood cleats would be the best option to go for. The metal brackets neither get cracked nor disintegrated similar to a few wood cleats. Metal brackets of course could slacken up and ought to be given regular maintenance.

Use screws rather than drilling holes and nails in the wood stair cleats if you want to make us of wood stair cleats. Most of the time, this helps prevent crack in the wood stair cleat. It is better if you make use of a thicker material for the stair cleat, like use a 2 x 4 with lag screws and washers instead of a 1 x 4 alongside nails.

Metal Stair Tread Brackets Metal stair tread brackets are utilized in place of wood cleats and for many a good reason. Wood stair cleats or tread brackets, more often than not, turn out to be a safety hazard over time, as the wood begins to get worsen.

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