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Old 10-09-2012, 01:20 PM   #16
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What is the best way to fabricate Steel Stringers for my deck?


really need engineer and/or experienced welder to give idea of what you need.

I have seen 2" by 10". not saying there isn't 1.5" though.

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Old 10-09-2012, 01:46 PM   #17
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The Engineer I used was awful. It took forever to get the plans back and there were a lot of mistakes. I looked into changing mid cycle, but several emails to other engineers went unanswered(What is with these guys?!?), so we decided we would stick it out with the current one.

However, he never engineered the stairs. They are on the plans, though. He even has them running directly into one of my 16" piers, so we had to adjust and have it run perpendicular. If I can't figure out how to do it with some 8-10" track, I might just pay to have it fabricated; I guess I'm blazing new trails with this seemingly simple concept, because there isnt much anywhere on the internet.
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Old 10-09-2012, 01:53 PM   #18
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Steel work is not common and there seems to be no easy formulas I have found.
Unfortunately every area of the trades (and life in general) has it's bad apples. The guys who don't answer are probably busy and don't have time for your work. Or it is to small of a project for the work they do. I always returned calls, even if i was to busy to do the work. Lots waited for me, or I would have someone back out or a delay and I would fit them in.
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:14 PM   #19
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We handed this guy the plans in Mid May and finally received back something we could build in early September. It's only a 500sqft deck. I know Engineers tend to overkill to save problems later on, but this guy went above and beyond that. Even now after downsizing, I'm pretty sure I could park a Semi on my deck...and a 747 jet.
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:01 PM   #20
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I do them all the time... But I don't give out my secrets, proprietary information due to business plans and expansion. Sometimes it's worth paying a well experienced contractor because they are well experienced and don't have unexpected issues.
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I figured you wouldnt Robert. That's OK, I respect you and your decision to keep certain things as a trade secret. You've offered alot of help on this forum to myself and many others. I was just hoping someone else had some ideas other than the obvious.
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Update:

Well it was a long education and a LOT of research(As with this whole Deck), but I figured it out. I designed the stairs and got the engineer to approve them. The layout was tough and many mistakes were made. If I ever do this again, It will take 1/20th of the time. The stairs look, to me, like no other deck stairs I've ever seen with no risers and no mid support(I forgot the name for it). Even my GC friend(Who told me alll along to get them fabricated) was very impressed. Beauty of it all, is I did them myself, They give the whole deck a real contemporary look, the weather and sun won't bother them, and it cost less than half of what a fabricator would have charged me; saving me thousands.

The biggest thing that screwed me up and took so much time, was probably a basic rule to an experienced stair maker; but I'll mention it to any newbie that decides to try it themselves: Remember the last tread rise to the ground is going to be short the thickness of the tread your building. That simple rule hurt my head for days...lol

BTW: Thanx to Mae-ling for those pics and giving me the idea....

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Here's a few pics...any critiques?

BTW, ya these were taken yesterday; 6" snow on May 2nd and down to 15 last night... It was 81 two days ago. Ya gotta love Colorado! And ya wonder why I use steel instead of wood...
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Looks good. Glad you got them engineer approved.
That whole cutting a thread width off the bottom got me the first time too!!!!
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looks real good. what did it cost ya ? not cheap, i am sure.

2 questions.
do you have any anti skid anything on those steps ?
the front edge of the steps = is there an upturned lip on em ? looks like there is. why ?
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looks real good. what did it cost ya ? not cheap, i am sure.

2 questions.
do you have any anti skid anything on those steps ?
the front edge of the steps = is there an upturned lip on em ? looks like there is. why ?
Way cheaper than the fabricator. I still have to add it all up, but I'm guessing maybe $900 for mats and powder coating(Maybe more) for both top and bottom(There's a 3 step top too).

The treads are powder coated C-Channel with 1 5/8 flange. Inside that will be 3cm mixed gray granite stone tile/paver with some under layment. I designed each tread with a slight pitch, open corners, and even a couple of drain holes to be safe.

Ya gotta know, I've never built a stringer before and would not consider myself a builder(Although maybe a bit after this project). I had limited help on the rest of the deck, because my buddy is a Commercial GC down in Colorado Springs; but he's been up here maybe 5 times in the last 6 mos. Everyone I spoke to said I should get them fabricated, and I mean EVERYONE. But the cheapest quote I got was $3-4K. That was NOT in my budget. As the old saying goes "Necessity is the Mother of Invention" was never more fitting than here. I never dreamed making steel stairs would be so difficult. But with help and ideas from some of the guys on here (Mae Ling and Robert CDF), A LOT of research online, and trial and error; I figured it out, designed it, and got it stamped by my Engineer.

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did you weld it yourself ? have you ever welded before ?
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did you weld it yourself ? have you ever welded before ?
All the connections shown in the photographs seem to be bolted or screwed mechanical fasteners.
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All the connections shown in the photographs seem to be bolted or screwed mechanical fasteners.
ahh yes
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From the pics showing the inside of the stringer they do look bolted, but when I look at the outside I do not see a bolt head or anything.

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