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Old 10-28-2008, 03:20 PM   #46
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Old 10-28-2008, 04:16 PM   #47
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That's one classy-looking deck!
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Thanks. It was definitely more challenging (and expensive) than I expected but well worth it. Nothing like sitting on the deck on Saturday morning with a good book and a cup of coffee.
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Beautiful job!

I know you're already done but you mentioned a ways back about wanting to notch the stringers and then not having a way to attach them? Am I understanding that right?

What I've done on decks that I build is cut a 2x4 notch at the top and bottom of each stringer and attach a stair-width length of 2x4 to them. This is what actually gets mounted to the rim joist. I usually use countersunk 1/2 x 4" (or 6") carriage bolts. You can either use cement screws on the bottom piece or just let it rest.

I like using notched stringers because I like the look of the full tread/riser combo on steps. Also, depending on the width of the stairway, I use 3 or 4 stringers. Then, you can use the same planking material that you surfaced with. No blocking or sagging!

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Beautiful job!

I know you're already done but you mentioned a ways back about wanting to notch the stringers and then not having a way to attach them? Am I understanding that right?

What I've done on decks that I build is cut a 2x4 notch at the top and bottom of each stringer and attach a stair-width length of 2x4 to them. This is what actually gets mounted to the rim joist. I usually use countersunk 1/2 x 4" (or 6") carriage bolts. You can either use cement screws on the bottom piece or just let it rest.

I like using notched stringers because I like the look of the full tread/riser combo on steps. Also, depending on the width of the stairway, I use 3 or 4 stringers. Then, you can use the same planking material that you surfaced with. No blocking or sagging!
Yes, that was my original plan. I was going to use three stingers and 5/4 decking planks for the stairs.

In the end, I'm happy with the way it came out. It's a bit more work though because I have to go back and add the blocking. My plan is to attach a board to the forward edge of each step with decking screws, and then lag bolt those boards through the stinger. It should be pretty solid that way.

Thanks for checking it out.
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LJ,

Very nice job. Thanks alot for posting the picks. Love the lighting. I'm not crazy about vinyl railing systems. We just installed one last week, and the stair sections were a complete pain in the ars for my lead carpenter.

Those Viking railings look great.
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LJ,

Very nice job. Thanks alot for posting the picks. Love the lighting. I'm not crazy about vinyl railing systems. We just installed one last week, and the stair sections were a complete pain in the ars for my lead carpenter.

Those Viking railings look great.
Thanks for the compliment. The stairs section portion of the railing was kind of a PIA, but that was due mostly to the lights. All in all, the vinyl was pretty easy; time consuming, but easy.

Thanks for checking it out.
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Hi your deck looks great!
I am an architect in the west coast and I was just going to give you a suggestion for your deck railings. I would really recommend checking out easyrailings.com. I spec these on a lot of clients' homes and they really love them. They are affordable and great quality, and will go with the style you have.

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