10 Replies to “Can I just remove the old steps and just nail on fresh two by fours? Or is fixing the steps more involved?”

  1. If you remove the fasteners from the treads then you should be able to maintain the stringers (the stair-shaped framing). Then use pressure treated 2×8 or 2×10, whichever is the correct width, and deck screws to attach.

  2. Or sand and stain – if they’re just weathered (not rotten) that would be faster, cheaper, and less risk of damaging the stairs overall.

  3. I would just replace the steps but make sure they fit the staircase flush.The overhang of an inch or so is causing the bowing by the looks of it

  4. Just remove and replace the stairs with fresh
    2×12’s. Do not use 2×8’s or 2×10’s as mentioned in previous comments.

  5. Thanks for all the advice. They’re definitely starting to rot through so I think I might as well replace them.

  6. It’s just a few steps. A couple of pressure treated 2×8’s cut to size, so what – like $10 in lumber, a few deck screws, and some stain and they’ll be solid for longer than the deck posts are around. Seems like a no brainer to me.

    Do it right the first time or half-ass it several times. Your choice!

  7. Yes, you should be able to replace just the treads assuming the stringers underneath are in good shape. Looks like that first tread is too deep. When you replace it you might consider making it smaller front to back. Second step appears to have 2″ or more overhang. Without support they crack over time, just like this.

  8. They look to be in good shape, May just need to be sanded, washed, and stained. Save your money and the hassle.

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