We've been using them like this for a while now since I've been swamped with other projects. As I am the only one working on these and there is only one of me, obviously it's taking a while.
Today I was sanding the stair rail. To see a before and after, look at the two rails in this shot:
Now imagine, this house was built in 1980. That's thirty years of oils, dirt and wax buildup on the rails. Nasty. It's taking a while just to sand that down. Totally gross. I won't be sanding down the one on the far wall in place. It's going to have to be taken down completely and moved into the garage to begin sanding down that one. I couldn't do this with the one that has the spindles in it though. It's been a total pain in the neck to sand that sucker too.
I've started taping the risers and walls off and will begin staining the treads today. I may have to be placed into a nice, soft padded room after I corral the two cats, two dogs and one four year old out of the way so that I can start. Ack!
So, progress has been made and is continuing as you are reading this. Hopefully I'll have another progress report for you tomorrow.