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Old 07-25-2010, 07:19 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by ovahimba View Post
I'm building my first set of stairs, from an upper deck platform to a lower. It will be 14ft long, 36" wide, using four 2x12s. I plan to leave the outer stringers unnotched and attach the treads using metal brackets. The two inner stringers will be notched.

My reasoning is:
1. This will leave the outer stringers stronger.
2. It will weather better with fewer cut surfaces
3. The placement of railing posts will be easier and allow more flexibility.

However most of the stairs I see in my neighborhood have notched outer stringers. Am I missing something?
you could do that, but it sounds like there is overkill. 3 stringers are fine for up to 4' wide stairs. what i would do on outside stringers is more purest. i hate use of metal when wood joints are available, try cutting a notched stringer then for outside stringers cut channels width of tread material for tread support. lay out same as notched, but above run line add another 1 1/2" line, with skill saw run several cuts at desired depth and remove excess with chisel. presto 26 wood joints !!!!

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