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Super Simple Slippery Stair Solution.

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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