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Old 03-08-2012, 11:41 AM   #1
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Will be building a small deck with a about 3 or 4 steps down to a patio. The patio is made of pavers and my question is this....
Would it be ok to attach (bolt) the bottom 4x4 (railing post) to the step only. Or do I need to dig the post into the ground which would mean removing some pavers?

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You don't have to dig any holes.
install posts inside stringers (through step) for extra sturdiness.

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You don't have to dig any holes.
install posts inside stringers (through step) for extra sturdiness.

Unless those posts are also supporting the stairs. Then they need to be on footers below frostline.
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Of course I don't know what your location is as you have not put it in your signature or anywhere else but, assuming your steps are 7 1/2" high the deck then is at about 30" or less.
You may not even be required to have a guard on the deck or the stairs.
Might be a good idea to have them though.

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California is anything over 11".
Kinda' crazy.
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R312.1 Where required. Guards shall be located along open-sided walking surfaces, including stairs, ramps and landings, that are located more than 30 inches (762 mm) measured vertically to the floor or grade below at any point within 36 inches (914 mm) horizontally to the edge of the open side. Insect screening shall not be considered as a guard.
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