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Super Simple Slippery Stair Solution.

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This idea came to me after several close calls on our back deck stairs. Rain, ice, coming inside from swimming, etc... has led to these close calls. *I needed a solution that would not interfere with my ability to sweep, clean or shovel the steps, but provide excellent protection from falls.
Several years ago, because of this issue, I had paid a ridiculous amount of money for a roll (enough for (8) 12x1 inch adhesive, non slip strips. However, when I decided to refinish the deck, I had to remove the strips, at which time they became shredded chunks that were no longer usable.
I couldn't bring myself to pay the price for these strips again, but after realizing it was too dangerous to forego this non-slip measure, I began racking my brain for a solution. As is typical for me, these ideas came to me outta the blue. One day as I was driving home, I blurted out..."shingles!!"
I came home; went to the outbuilding, grabbed one of our leftover shingles; a utility knife (Stanley knife); a caulk gun loaded with Liquid Nail (or, as I like to call it--liquid duct tape, lol); sliced off (8) 12x5 inch strips; and applied them to the steps.
Wallah!! So far, so awesome! The stair grips has survived 5 snow shovelings, and has been a true back, body, & butt saver.

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  • Wamsher Construction
    Wamsher Construction Santa Cruz, CA
    on Jun 5, 2013

    here is a little trick i learned from a Corian installer years ago... anytime you are trying to get good adhesion with a caulking or the like, use a bunch of little "O's" so that they form little suction cups. It has worked very well for me with panel adhesive especially!

  • Lynne
    Lynne Detroit, MI
    on Jun 5, 2013

    thanks so much for sharing..this is a great idea..i have brand new basement steps i want to paint them and not put any type of tile on them i know you can put sand in the paint, but this will give me a little extra, and we have left over shingles

  • LeAnn B
    LeAnn B Cedar Rapids, IA
    on Jun 5, 2013

    I wonder if this would work on my stone steps which go from one level of my rock garden to the next level. . .

  • Tammie S
    Tammie S Kennesaw, GA
    on Jun 14, 2013

    Great idea. Another one that I actually did after re-staining my deck and wiping out a few times...I bought a 'very fine' sand-like substance at the paint store and mixed it in my stain. Worked GREAT and it doesn't look any different than the paint. LeAnn, i think you could mix this with a stone or concrete sealer for your stones steps.

  • Tyihakeem
    Tyihakeem Lincoln, NE
    on Jun 26, 2013

    good idea!!!

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