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Old 01-01-2012, 09:10 AM   #1
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Hello, I have removed my front steps, landing and some sidewalk and a set of three steps leading down to my driveway in front of my house and I needed some referrals on some DIY books and videos on building forms and sidewalks. I have searched YouTube ect. and cant really find anything other than books/video for big jobs ect. and not for the DIY enthusiast.

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Instead of pouring concrete, why not do something different, such as using tumbled stone paver's, or solid slab granite or the such. Set your house off from the others, instead of looking like the same.

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I thought about it... Any book ideas? Thanks!
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There are plenty of books out there, and I am sure if you drove around your city, especially in the older parts, you will find plenty of examples of making a better step, than some poured set that looks drab. I will give you a clue, there is a min for rise & run, and if you are good at math, I am sure that you can figure it out with the height you have to go from to, by taking the height divided by the number of steps for the rise. Run can be as long as you want it, but is limited in how short it can be.

This will explain it better, http://www.sizes.com/home/stairs.htm
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Yes I read all about the run and rise and understand it completely I was actually just stuck on the frames for steps. If I wanted concrete sides and didn't know how to do that, I keep looking. Thanks for the help!
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Yes I read all about the run and rise and understand it completely I was actually just stuck on the frames for steps. If I wanted concrete sides and didn't know how to do that, I keep looking. Thanks for the help!
Frames are just sections of 1x6 held in place with stakes. Not rocket science. You do have to do the math, and may have to rip some down, or use 1/2 or 5/8 plywood. The choice is your's, but it is not that hard to do.

Carpenter's square or speed square, a pencil and a scrap piece of wood to do the math on, not that hard.

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