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Chapter 16



True/False
Indicate whether the statement is true or false.
 

 1. 

A straight stairway is continuous from one floor to another.
 

 2. 

Decreasing the unit rise decreases the run of the stairs.
 

 3. 

When finishing a closed stair carriage, the risers are installed first.
 

 4. 

The router used with a stair template must be equipped with a straight bit.
 

 5. 

A rosette may not be used to end the handrail against a wall.
 

Multiple Choice
Identify the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question.
 

 6. 

____ stairs extend from a habitable to an uninhabitable level.
a.
Service
c.
Winding
b.
Finish
d.
Platform
 

 7. 

The ____ is the vertical distance from one step to another.
a.
total rise
c.
total run
b.
unit rise
d.
unit run
 

 8. 

A ____ is the horizontal member on which the feet are placed when climbing or descending the stairs.
a.
riser
c.
tread
b.
stair carriage
d.
stair stringer
 

 9. 

A(n) ____ is an opening in the floor for the stairway to pass through.
a.
nosing
c.
closed staircase
b.
stairwell
d.
open staircase
 

 10. 

The International Building Code (IBC) specifies that the height of a riser shall not exceed 7 3/4 inches and that the width of a tread not be less than ____ inches.
a.
10
c.
14
b.
12
d.
16
 

 11. 

The width of the stairwell depends on the width of the ____.
a.
headroom
c.
staircase
b.
stair carriage
d.
nosing
 

 12. 

A stair ____ is designed for changing the direction of the stairs and as a resting place for long stair runs.
a.
jig
c.
carriage
b.
stringer
d.
landing
 

 13. 

Platform stairs are built by first erecting the ____.
a.
bottom riser
c.
platform
b.
bottom run
d.
header
 

 14. 

Usually, ____ carriages are used for residential staircases of average width.
a.
three
c.
five
b.
four
d.
six
 

 15. 

Tread ____ is installed under the overhang of the tread and against the riser.
a.
nosing
c.
housing
b.
molding
d.
casing
 

 16. 

The thickness of a preacher must be the same as the ____ stock.
a.
run
c.
carriage
b.
tread
d.
riser
 

 17. 

Return nosings are applied to the open ends of the ____.
a.
risers
c.
treads
b.
stringers
d.
carriages
 

 18. 

Housed stringers have risers and treads set into ____ made in the stringer.
a.
dados
c.
notches
b.
fluting
d.
clefts
 

 19. 

The layout of an open (or mitered) stringer is similar to that of a ____.
a.
riser
c.
tread
b.
stair carriage
d.
landing
 

 20. 

Protect the finished risers and treads by applying a width of ____ to them.
a.
plastic
c.
building paper
b.
tarpaulin
d.
insulation
 

 21. 

Major parts of the ____ include handrails, newel posts, and balusters.
a.
balustrade
c.
platform
b.
stair carriage
d.
stair well
 

 22. 

____ types of newel posts are used in a post-to-post balustrade.
a.
Two
c.
Four
b.
Three
d.
Six
 

 23. 

The ____ is the sloping finish member grasped by the hand of the person ascending or descending the stairs.
a.
riser
c.
handrail
b.
runner
d.
baluster
 

 24. 

Stairways wider than ____ inches require a handrail on both sides.
a.
24
c.
36
b.
32
d.
44
 

 25. 

Prepare the posts for fastening a handrail by counterboring and drilling shank holes for ____ bolts through the posts.
a.
stove
c.
carriage
b.
lag
d.
knock-off
 



 
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