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Old 05-05-2010, 08:15 AM   #1
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Guys, need a little help..

My deck was built recently by some contractors. To come to code they poured the concrete too high on the bottom stairs. The result was that it was well above the ground line and looked terrible.

The solution was to rip it out, but the issue now is that there is a gap between the bottom stairs and the ground.

I was thinking about jamming some brick pavers or something underneath to give it more of a decorative look, but also support the stairs. I could use any advice you guys have in making this support the bottom stairs.

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How tall is your first step? Can you post a pic?

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Old 05-05-2010, 08:39 AM   #3
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don't have pics yet.. There is one step as it is a lower deck. The step is approx 8" from the top of the deck and the top of the step is about 8-10" above ground.

There is approx 4-4.5" gap below the stair and the ground now.

I have bricks under the supports of the stair and the ground now. Hope that makes sense.
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pro....sounds like they did the best they could to keep your job code compliant, so why would you even screw with it? Couple wheellbarrows of top soil and regrade would have been an option.

Pictures will help.
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sounds like miscut stair stringers if it was that much
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not sure if you are married but code doesn't matter much to an angry wife.. trust me, it looked like crap.

they even suggested ripping it out. Some decorative pavers would look good. I just need to find a way to get it under there and also provide the support. Thoughts?
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picture would be helpful
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sounds to me as that was the largest rise they could go without exceeding code. If the installed an extra step it would feel awkward, so they did it that way. I would just grade it

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