The article in the May/June 2000 issue of FCI titled “Installing Laminate on an Open End Staircase,” demonstrates how installers can identify the exact location of the balusters, or spindles, on each step using a paper template. I addressed square balusters only, but the technique would be the same for round balusters, with some additional precautions:
The tracing attachment will produce a duplicate slightly larger than the pattern (photo 7). This will be an advantage, as the new piece will cover the paint line remaining from the removed section. The square-cut, exposed edges can be finished with wood or laminate iron-on veneer tape. Any of the options discussed above may be used to join the decorative stringer with the laminate riser – specialty molding; 45-degree riser; or else allow one to overlap the other, and finish with an iron-on laminate or wood veneer.
This concludes a three-part series on installing laminate flooring on stairs, and should address much of what will be encountered on site. If you have additional questions concerning the installation of laminate flooring, please feel free to contact me at (302) 325-3801.