The string is described as ‘closed’ if it conceals the profile of the treads and risers. It is described as ‘open’ or ‘cut’, if its upper edge is cut away so that the profile of the treads and risers is visible from the site.
A 'routed string' has slots cut into it, into which the treads and risers can be fixed.
A string that is fixed to the wall is described as the 'wall string'.
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