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Old 04-24-2013, 08:29 AM   #16
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Looks Good. Wheres the hand rail? Old people need hand rails, code schmode.

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...All we did was basically build 2 boxes out of 2x8 PT lumber then attach one on top the other...
Nice, this will help the wife visualize. One question tho, why didn't you just go with concrete steps, seems the most ideal to me?
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why didn't you just go with concrete steps, seems the most ideal to me?
Didnt seem like the most ideal to me.
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VERY solid...The first landing is a bit wider than the 2 steps. It's a lot more comfortable to ascend/descend than the original single concrete step...Thanks for the ideas.

I'll put some finishing touches soon plus the hand rail & paint.
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looks good, how is it secured?
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The landing is screwed into the house under the slider. Each step is a separate platform attached to one another. I can take it apart piece by piece in order to repair/paint etc.

I know the pros would have done it differently but it works. There's about 8 4X4 legs to each platform...SOLID!
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I know the pros would have done it differently but it works. There's about 8 4X4 legs to each platform...SOLID!
Sometimes when you do it yourself it comes out better than a supposed "pro" would do it because you pay more attention to detail.
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Alright...Today is set aside for the hand rail construction. The new steps are fantastic, the wife loves them and we both wonder why I didn't do this a couple of years ago when we bought the place. She doesn't think the handrail is necessary because the steps are very easy and comfortable. However it defeats the goal for our elderly guests.

How should I proceed? I plan on using 4X4's, 2X4's and 2X2's...non grip rail.
I thought about attaching the upper post (2X4?) to the house and the other at the bottom step (notched 4X4 in front) to avoid notching the treads.
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I could attach the upper post to the house and to the side of the landing with a notched 4X4 post and the bottom post attached to the bottom step (on side).
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Should the bottom post be installed on the inside corner where the 2X6's meet?
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Well...I went ahead and tackled this on my own. I'm not happy about where the post meets the step (cosmetically speaking) but once the paint is applied it should hide the detail.

It's super solid...I'm surprised at how strong the hand rail is.
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Now, THAT looks nice for Grandma! But you might consider changing out the 2x? handrail for one with a true handrail profile. Old folks can't really grasp a 2x.
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Now, THAT looks nice for Grandma! But you might consider changing out the 2x? handrail for one with a true handrail profile. Old folks can't really grasp a 2x.
You haven't seen my Grandma's hands...Catcher's mitts.

I'll see how it goes...I can always add an inner rail.
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You need a handrail for the old folks, regardless of the number of steps. Its a question of balance, sight, and perception.
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Update:

My Dad and father in law have both been over (On separate occasions) and neither have noticed the steps.

I had to point them out after they used them...That tells me they're perfect and comfortable to use.
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Elders shouldn't be behind the wheel if they can't even notice where they walk.
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That tells me they're perfect and comfortable to use.
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Elders shouldn't be behind the wheel if they can't even notice where they walk.
or both ...... hey wait a minute that's me in a few years! I resemble that remark
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...hey wait a minute that's me in a few years! I resemble that remark
You're the one who sparked the term "comfortable" for my step build...It paid off...Thanx!

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