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Old 07-27-2011, 08:19 AM   #1
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approx. 40"x48" landing, 32" high. Is there a min./max. height the handrail needs to be from the landing floor?

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36" min.

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Thanks Ron. I thought that was it.
The thing is, I have some PT 4x4s that might be long enough IF i lower the landing so you have to 'step up' into the doorway. That IS allowed, right?
It'd also keep snow from piling up against the door. Then it would be about 24" high and one less step on the stringers. Is this ok?

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Thanks Ron. I thought that was it.
The thing is, I have some PT 4x4s that might be long enough IF i lower the landing so you have to 'step up' into the doorway. That IS allowed, right?
It'd also keep snow from piling up against the door. Then it would be about 24" high and one less step on the stringers. Is this ok?

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I would think that would be IDEAL. Our deck is only 2 inches lower than our entrance and with any snow it poses some issues. Just make sure the step up isn't any more than a normal riser on a stair....about 7 inches.
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Thanks, this is the LAST "inspect-able" thing I have to do, so I need to get it right the first time.

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If your talking about 1 step from the landing into the door you should be fine.
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Yup, one step up into the foyer. What min. size 2x? do I need on the simpson hangers underneath to support the landing 2x*whatevers*? (probably will use 2x8 for the landing and steps?)

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2x6 would be fine for a 4' landing.
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I have one 16' 2x8 for the outside so I figured I'd just get another one for the joists and steps.... overkill?
A couple extra bucks to make me feel better won't hurt.... TOO much.

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How are you using 2x8 for the stairs? You can’t cut stringers out of them.
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I can get precut stringers delivered with the extra 2x8s, that's no concern.

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Do I need 2x10s for the steps?

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You don’t need 2x8 for the joist but you certainly can since you already have some of it.

2x10 isn’t wide enough for the tread, go 2x6 two deep for a 11” step.

Are you sure about the pre-cut stringers?
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2x10 isnít wide enough for the tread, go 2x6 two deep for a 11Ē+ step.
2x12 treads aren't great for exterior as they don't drain rain as well as (2) 2x6's with a gap in the middle. If the 2x12 cups, then you'll have puddled steps.
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2x12 treads aren't great for exterior as they don't drain rain as well as (2) 2x6's with a gap in the middle. If the 2x12 cups, then you'll have puddled steps.
What did I say?

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