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Old 06-16-2009, 10:56 PM   #91
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That looks stronger then anything I have ever seen holding up stairs

I wanted to make sure that if and when something real heavy goes up those stairs,bad things don't happen. I guess that's just the way I am.
Incidentally, I'm getting plenty of compliments about the stairs. I tell 'em firstly God is the carpenter,not me. He used the folks in DIY forum to guide me along so everything would turn out well.

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Looking good, almost there. Just need a handrail/pickets on the other side up to the house, a grip-able handrail mounted to the 2x6 holding your pickets on, and maybe some 1-1/2" pavers at the bottom (to make up the difference of not subtracting your first tread thickness when bottom riser was cut) at 3' wide by 4' deep.

Here's a great site showing the grip-able (minimum code) handrail, that no treads/risers differ more than 3/8", and all picket spacing max. 4"( hopefully used screws): http://www.stairways.org/pdf/2006%20...C%20SCREEN.pdf Be safe, G
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Instead of the pavers, just cut 1-1/2" off the bottom of each stringer, where they touch the concrete. Pull the last riser (have to cut it too), lay your saw on it's side. Correct me if I'm wrong- all the risers should be the same height. Concrete to top of tread, top of tread to top of tread.

Don't forget to cut 3/8" ?? off the posts, too. Afterward, install some Simpson PC's for a positive connection. http://www.strongtie.com/products/ca...post_caps.html Be safe, G
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Old 06-17-2009, 07:10 PM   #94
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there is no handrail on the house side for a reason: the entire house will be stucco'ed as soon as my wife and I can afford it. that means that the stairs will be taken down and put back,THEN the handrails will go on.
yes,the stairs can be taken down fairly easily with the removal of some screws and a couple "tapcons".(and I'll also have to cut a couple nails with my recip saw.

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