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Old 04-30-2009, 08:08 PM   #16
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willy. my compliments on your drawings. if you don't mind me asking... what software did you use? once again nice work.
Thank you. But it was really nowhere as difficult as it might look.

The program is a free one from Google. It's called "SketchUp". Truthfully, almost anyone can put this program on their computer, and be doing drawings like these in well under a week.

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Nice drawings and explaination Willie T.
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Nice drawings Willie T.

Your diagram is a good illustration and pretty easy to follow. My existing step has 1 riser and a landing as you can see in the pic.

It's roughly 17" high, 70" wide and from the house to the tip of the landing it's 42". It's falling apart and I really would like to build a step like the one in your example using fieldstone.

I'm a bit confused about the width of the threads. Don't you think 1'5" is too wide? I'll measure mine to see what they are.

Do you think this diagram could be adjusted to support limestone treads similar to a brickface type step? If not, would I be able to find flags that are large enough for my landing?

Do I need to start out with a strip footing under the block as a foundation?

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Nice drawings Willie T.

Your diagram is a good illustration and pretty easy to follow. My existing step has 1 riser and a landing as you can see in the pic.

It's roughly 17" high, 70" wide and from the house to the tip of the landing it's 42". It's falling apart and I really would like to build a step like the one in your example using fieldstone.

I'm a bit confused about the width of the threads. Don't you think 1'5" is too wide? I'll measure mine to see what they are.

My shoes are nearly 1'-2" long. 10" or 12" treads just don't make any sense to me.

The tread width can be anything you decide to make it. All this entails is simply starting the higher course of blocks at the appropriate distance back from the edge of the one under it.

Do you think this diagram could be adjusted to support limestone treads similar to a brickface type step? If not, would I be able to find flags that are large enough for my landing?

Do I need to start out with a strip footing under the block as a foundation?
I would say a definite "Yes" to a footing.

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a bit late to the party but i had a quick question regarding this:

i'll be weather permitting starting a project very similar to this this weekend and i wondered why the choice of going with those "precast lintel beams" rather than another course of cinder block?

i removed and am fully rebuilding crumbling front set of steps that had cinder blocks as the skirt and rubble/sand as a filler.. non-rebar'd top slabs lead to 3 huge cracks and a toppled first step..

my version will also have 2 steps, 1 intermediate and a landing
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The lintel beams just make it easier to span the width of the steps without having to lay any more blocks or pour any extra foundation concrete. It also gives your dog a lot more clear, unobstructed room under there to hang out.

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