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Old 12-21-2013, 02:39 PM   #1
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I need your help and suggestions, please...

My brother and his family live in Orlando, FL, and they have an existing set of concrete block steps that lead into their home, that are very difficult to climb. I do not believe they meet the building code, the risers appear to be too high, and I'd like to modify them, and add a handrail, before someone gets hurt.

My brother is a very big guy...he's 6'3, and weighs approx 400 lbs., and his wife has problems with her feet.

What can I do, or have done to their steps, in order to make them easier to climb? Can I add pavers, bricks or any other materials to some of the steps in order to lessen the dimension of the risers? What material would be best to use? What type of adhesive needs to be used to make the additional material adhere to the existing concrete properly? Mortar? Epoxy? Any other options? I need to keep the cost low, but I want to do it right.

Can anyone out there give me some guidance or offer any suggestions?

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Old 12-21-2013, 02:53 PM   #2
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With no pictures, no measurements, not sure how anyone would know how to fix it.

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Old 12-21-2013, 02:59 PM   #3
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I know that the steps are 36" wide...and that there are 3, possibly 4 steps before entering the house...
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Need the run and rise.
http://www.woodsthebest.com/Stairs/building-codeUS.htm
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Old 12-21-2013, 03:15 PM   #5
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A picture would certainly help but likely your best bet is to just completely get rid of whats there and build new with a rise and run that's comfortable for them. Whether the new steps are wood, concrete or something else is up to you.
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Old 12-21-2013, 03:19 PM   #6
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I'm not sure what you mean by the "run"...I'll be spending Xmas with them over there...I'll be sure to take a few photos, but what measurements do I need to take?
The riser for each step, the tread for each step and the run? Is the run a diagonal measurement from where the steps meet the structure from the top to the bottom of the last step?
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Old 12-21-2013, 03:22 PM   #7
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Did look at the web site I posted?
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I'm trying to keep the cost down, so tearing out the existing steps and replacing them with something new would not be an option at this time...I'll take a few photos while I'm there for Xmas, and post them on this site as soon as I can.
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To Joecaption...Website you posted??? Where can I find it?
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Precast concrete steps

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Can I add pavers, bricks or any other materials to some of the steps in order to lessen the dimension of the risers?
You can add pavers or bricks or ham sandwiches, but you will not be changing the rise. If removal is not an option, then add the handrail and know that you did all that you could.
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Old 12-27-2013, 08:46 AM   #13
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At 400 lbs things are going to get worse sooner rather than later. He will probably end up with a ramp before too long. They should think about investing in one if they are going to stay there.

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