Originally Posted by econdave
From the deck, the height is 38", I have 5 steps to ground level. What height to I cut my 4x4 post that attach to the last step stringer? Thanks again for all the help.
As Bob the Builder wrote: Find out what your local code dictates. A question like "what is the residential required height?" can be answered easily by calling your local Building dept. inspection offices.
To determine the height of your stair railing (post height):
The actual measured height is taken from: the nose of your bottom step top (on your stringer), .....measure up........ (Add the height of your railing thickness) = This measurement total = would need to meet your required code.
We always just mark the post top as the required height, and add the railing thickness onto the height so it is slightly above the requirements.
Hope this helps.