BWF Campaign Tackles Dodgy Stair Installations

BWF Campaign Tackles Dodgy Stair Installations

A new campaign is targeting builders working on extensions and loft conversions to warn against ‘Stair Despair’.

The social media campaign, promoted by the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Stair Scheme, is highlighting the awful bodge jobs and crazy design decisions being made every day in the design and installation of timber stairs.

Have you seen worse? Join in on Twitter by tagging photos #StairDespair or send them directly to us.

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Feeling a bit unsteady on this stair? This newel post has been cut off and poorly fixed back together.

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Why not skip a spindle?

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Looks like someone’s having difficulties getting a secure fixing for the handrail. That hole will take some repairing.

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This won’t be cheap to mend – A new flight of stairs which doesn’t even reach the landing safely, and the stair is already sagging.

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Mind the gap – This newel post is not plumb level and the handrail angle has been incorrectly machined. There’s a loose fixing with only a couple of pins fixing the two parts together.

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Has anyone done a structural calculation on this ‘extra’ beam supporting the new loft stairs?

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