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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
At best, a poor collection of ill-connected articles. Sept. 28 2004
By Kevin - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have a large amount of admiration for the Taunton Press. Fine Homebuilding is quality magazine and the For Pros books have been worth the money. This book is a poor collection of disjointed FH articles that have no cogent flow to them. I should know better than to buy books by "Editors," but I made a mistake here. William Spence's "Constructing Staircases, Balustrades & Landings," while not a perfect book, is much better than this collection.

Taunton's "For Pros" books on Electrical (Caldwell) and Plumbing (Hemp) are well worth the money, particularly Caldwell's offering.
48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
do not buy this book!! Nov. 14 2004
By N. Williams - Published on
Format: Paperback
As an installer by trade, I urge anyone interested in learning the construction of stairs to consult another book. I wish I had read the other readers comments before I wasted my money on this book.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Not enough detail Sept. 29 2006
By D. Lynch - Published on
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So I don't know why I bought this book without reading the previous reviews. I usually check those first and avoid books like this. It had too many types of stairs to be documented and not enough detail for each one. I would have rather had just three basic types of stairs covered in detail than all of the types in here. The writer appeared to be showing off.

Still, it did show me what I needed to purchase (bending rail) and had about two pages worth of useful information. I finished my curved baluster, but I see flaws in my work. I am a pretty ambitious DIYer and I would not recommend that anyone try doing this but a professional. This book did not give enough detail or complete instructions to help me through the rough spots.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Why bother July 11 2007
By Robert Enger - Published on
Format: Paperback
The book addressed building stair-related structures that were just not relevant to standard stair building needs...
Building Stairs is a clear and concise construction manual June 18 2014
By Ronald K. Fuchs - Published on
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A great book on stair construction methods. The details are clear and loaded with tips on making stairs work correctly.