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Old 02-14-2015, 11:45 PM   #1
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Adding stairway in existing floor.


I'm looking for a good tutorial on removing floor and floor joists to create an interior stairway to the basement. I'm mainly concerned with creating load bearing for the missing joists and the staircase itself. I don't want to die going down to the basement.
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Old 02-15-2015, 08:51 AM   #2
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(assuming you know where these stairs are going) post some pics of above and below.
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In the spring(if we have one). I am redoing plumbing. The plumbing is in the way and unnecessary. Once it's moved I can tear out the plaster ceiling and get some good pics. I really hate plaster.
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First time DIY on a job like this?
Whole lot involved, going to need a permit just about any place in the US.
Lots of codes involved.
I can not imagine any one size fits all "tutorial" that's going to cover something like that.
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These are pretty difficult for most Diy'ers. It is very important to make sure everything is engineered correctly. A straight shot stairwell will be much easier than an "L" shaped one.
The older homes can be especially difficult, as the floor joists are often undersized.
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The joists are pretty straightforward, the permit may take longer... http://publicecodes.cyberregs.com/ic...9_5_sec002.htm

Local code trumps...

Gary
PS. May need this also; nailing, headers, etc.; http://publicecodes.cyberregs.com/ic...9_6_sec002.htm
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Since work is spring, open now, clean, take photo, get answers and have the knowledge ready.
Basically, if stairs are parallel to floor joists, you need to minimum double up the adjacent joists. You will need enough room for straight stairs. Don't quote me, but I think 8' ceiling needs about 12' plus min 3' landing? Stairs divided with mid landing needs more footprint, esp for headroom.
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