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Old 03-28-2020, 02:54 PM   #16
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Measure from the top of the landing to the underside of the first trade straight up and compare that to the other side. Is that your out of level?
Just checked, and I was wrong, the landing and the 3 steps leading up to it are out of level as well. About the same amount as the other steps, I guess it's just not as noticeable since you aren't as high up so it's less concerning (?). Measured as you said, and there was a difference of 1/4" but since the landing is also out of level that might not matter as much.

If it is that the slab has sunk, should I try and raise everything? Or at least get the stringer more firmly connected to the landing? The landing is sitting on the slab, unlike the framing under the other steps that is sort of floating and pulling away.

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Just checked, and I was wrong, the landing and the 3 steps leading up to it are out of level as well. About the same amount as the other steps, I guess it's just not as noticeable since you aren't as high up so it's less concerning (?). Measured as you said, and there was a difference of 1/4" but since the landing is also out of level that might not matter as much.

If it is that the slab has sunk, should I try and raise everything? Or at least get the stringer more firmly connected to the landing? The landing is sitting on the slab, unlike the framing under the other steps that is sort of floating and pulling away.

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So, it looks like the landing has moved away from the stringer, does it look like it would move back in place and why not?



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These studs on an angle, what are they doing at the top?

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Old 03-28-2020, 03:27 PM   #19
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I doubt that the stairs or the landing will fail unless there is a severe earthquake in your area. The stringer and other connections can be strengthened with framing connectors like those from Simpson-Strong tie and joist nails (not screws).
For extra measure you could add 3/4" sheathing to the studs supporting the stairs but this is not needed.

The concern should be with someone falling and if the steps are not a problem when going up or down the stairs then focus on the handrail(s) and the lighting for the stairs.
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