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Old 10-24-2010, 07:51 PM   #46
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Old 10-26-2010, 10:14 AM   #47
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Good Stuff!

When all is said and done you will be coming down the stairs and you can go 2 ways - you can take the paver walkway to the little area behind the garge w/ trash and recycling or you can do a 180 and take the same paver walkway back to the driveway. Since it's late in the season I'm probably not going to get to finish that part this year.

I'm on the fence about the stair landing.... Option A: is: Pour a small concrete pad around 6" bigger than the bottom step and then start the pavers from there next year. Option B: Pick up a small amount of pavers in the same shape as all the stonework will be done in and dig and create a small paver area for the stairs to land on and just leave it like that for now.

Today's question is: Do you guys like option A or B better and why?
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Old 10-27-2010, 12:52 PM   #48
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The question is still "pavers or poured concrete for a base for the stairs?"

However.... there are remnants of a stump where the landing will be. Most of it is gone, but there is some left. This tree was BIG! VERY BIG! Given the fact that the stump will rot over the years and the ground might sink slightly I'm thinking pavers - what do you all think?
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I almost always pour a pad for deck stairs to land on.
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Its my understanding of 2009 code that stairs may not be placed on a pad but rather on footings at frost depth. This also helps to stiffen the bottom railing post.
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Its my understanding of 2009 code that stairs may not be placed on a pad but rather on footings at frost depth. This also helps to stiffen the bottom railing post.
Hm, interesting. The town I live in has their own deck guideline brochure. It states the same thing the inspector told me he'd be looking for when he comes back: "Stairs must land on flat solid ground (not grass or dirt)".

I gotta be honest, once the guy told me what he'd be looking for I decided to just do it w/ pavers or concrete.

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