||09-27-2011 02:26 PM
expanding steps by 3 inches in width
my steps going into my basement are 36 inches wide, but no one ever put a rail on the left side as you go down for the bottom 5 steps (The stairs are in an L shape, after the landing no railing, before the landing its a wall on both sides. the bottom 5 steps as going down has a wall on one side and no rail on the other
there is a 4x4 post that holds the 1st floor up, which the landing also attaches to, the risers attach to the landing which is 3 inches behind the 4x4, so the landing attaches at the back end of the 4x4, i need ot run a rail from the 4x4 to the bottom, but to do this I need to make the steps 3 inches wider to be in code for the area... 36" is minimum... a rail would take space away from that...
someone suggested duplicate the end stringer take off the back 3 inches and put two of them attached to the 4x4 and to the last stringer then replace the treads so they are the right new 39" length
is this even alowed? or is it a good idea? no mater what I have to go into the 4x4 space to be to code, and moving it is no an option its cemeted into the floor down to a footing as its a structural element