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willowgirl 12-25-2009 10:16 PM

Exterior steps, Need temporary fix till summer
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I purchased an old house a few years ago and didn't know how really bad the problems were. Need some tips, or suggestions.

First thing, my front steps are basically falling off the front deck. I've had a hip surgery two weeks ago and I'm having a very hard time getting around. I need somehow to make a railing that is strong and lift the steps some how.

I've been trying to think of a quick easy fix to get me by till my hip has healed. Its very slippery with snow and ice so the railing is most important to me. Just doing the railing on the driveway side.

I was thinking something like 4x4's some how attached to the outside of the step and a 2x4 or something like that.

If someone knows the calculations also for steps and the rise and could explain it to me that would be great. Just trying to think ahead for when I can actually fix them.

JGibbsRemodel 12-26-2009 01:03 AM

looks like i would just demo those and start over. set you 2 4x4 posts for railing. you can buy the step templates at lowes or home depot....i know u wanted temp fix but looks like those things arent very safe as it is. especially for someone with recent hip surgery.

Bob Mariani 12-26-2009 07:22 AM

It will only take about 4 hours at most to rebuild. A temporary fix will be the same. Just fix them now.

willowgirl 12-26-2009 09:22 AM

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I would love to take them down, but i'm not able to and don't have anyone to help. My plan is to take them down this spring, but there's major issues with the deck its attached to. I think it I need a plan for the two combined. I was looking and the deck is holding up a roof and its not supported right at all. :( The supports under the deck don't line up with the ones above the deck holding the roof. and major water damage the back 10ft where someone had built a rail into the roof.

Kevin M. 12-26-2009 12:59 PM

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For a temporary railing you could install a 4X4 (red) into a post anchor (blk) attach a 2X6 to post and porch post (yellow) attach a railing bracket (blue) and a handrail (brown) Of course as mentioned, the steps should be replaced asap. OK, I'm snowed in today and bored!!:laughing:


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