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Old 08-26-2010, 06:05 PM   #1
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Back porch steps are on the verge of collapsing.


First and foremost, thank you ahead of time for helping out. My name is Ryder, and we recently bought this house from my wife's parents. Now, last weekend I went and purchased 6 wood segments to replace the old steps. But to my surprise, when I removed one of the old ones today I noticed that the stringer is not how it's normally cut. I have attached an image to show what I'm up against. I am not a man who is handy with tools, or even owns anything beyond a drill. My epilepsy keeps me from doing that kind of work. Without the money to pay a contractor, is there any other suggestions to do a temporary fix on this until we can get a loan? My wife works full-time, I'm a stay-at-home dad, and the steps i'm trying to fix lead to the only door we use to get in/out of the house. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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Old 08-26-2010, 06:41 PM   #2
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Back porch steps are on the verge of collapsing.


The top of the stringers for the steps broke off
They need to be replaced


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Old 08-26-2010, 06:59 PM   #3
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Good eye, I missed that. Do you think that the whole thing should be replaced? Just tear it all down and build a new, nicer, safer porch?
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Old 08-26-2010, 07:46 PM   #4
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Well I don't know what the rest of the porch looks like
So can't comment about the porch

You could probably put a 2x4 in on either side on each stringer
PT would be best....but for a temp solution reg wood will work
Go all the way to the ground with it
Attach to each stringer
Cut so that it will support the new step

Looks like you have a little bit to attach to at the inside edge of the step
One piece step that extends from the back edge to the front 2x support
Put a piece of wood under the front edge of the step like there was before
...pic I posted is missing that

This would be a TEMP fix
Best to rebuild the steps as soon as you decide new porch or not
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Fit two 2x4's together with a "half-lap" joint like this. Make the peices square and level when you attach them with, preferably, 1/4" x 4" carriage head, through-bolts with washers under the nuts. Wouldn't hurt to slop them up with some good glue too.

Make an identical set for the other side.

Put your tread on top, and you are back in business,
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Old 08-28-2010, 02:21 PM   #6
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Nice solution. Good post. Pictures are very helpful. Looks cost effective if you can't afford to replace.
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Store bought --precut stringers are available--Good for a temporary fix--They seldom give you the needed rise,so the bottom step is almost always short.
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Went to the lumberyard today and bought 3 stringers that they cut for me. But they had to cut it for 5 steps instead of 6. After we got home, I tore down the old steps. Tomorrow will be judgment day as the wife wants the whole project done by nightfall.
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Store bought --precut stringers are available--Good for a temporary fix--They seldom give you the needed rise,so the bottom step is almost always short.
What are the chances a store bought stringer with a rise and run will fit an existing stringer?
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Joe--Unlikely--I've never used the store bought ones---Cutting stringers has always come easily to me--

Go figure--my math grades in school were miserable! Then I spent the rest of my life using math.
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Got the steps attached to the stringers today. A little help from my stepson did wonders. He and I then attached the mounting brackets to the top of the 3 stringers. And after a break from the sweltering heat, got the whole thing hammered onto the porch, albeit being a little uneven.
But, since this is a temporary fix it should be ok until we get the loan to replace the whole shebang.

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