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Glad to hear you had a good experience in dealing with the inspections department in your city. Some people choose to make it an adversarial relationship and I'm glad that you didn't do that...Worked out great! :thumbsup:
 

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Amazing what some paint/stain can do to an old deck :)
Even with snow here I like closed steps w/risers - mainly due to my son
Start planning & designing the new deck
I've found that starting way in advance & running ideas past people on a forum like this can be a great benefit
 

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Stairs for dummies

One word of advice in keeping with Dave's idea of not going with just minimums. Get 12 inch stringers out of your mind. Use 14" material anyway. All you need to do is look at how little wood is actually left after the stringers are cut. It ain't much, usually just at or even less than 4". Once it's cut into the shape of a stringer, you are not standing on a 2 x 12 any longer, but more like a slightly fat 2 x 4. So it never hurts to "sister" those stringers with additional 2 x 4's along side.

Still, that's no substitute for going ahead and using a 2 x 14 or larger for your stringers.

Never mind trying to make up for insufficiencies by adding more stringers. That's a band-aid approach. Use good, wide stringers, and (here's the key) use thick treads and thick risers.

Back before we began getting greedy and cheap, trying to cut back on spending coin on good lumber, millions of excellent stairways were made with only two fully adequate stringers of sufficient width..... Why? Because they used good, thick treads and risers, and that's all that was needed. How many grand old houses have you ever been in where the stairs bounced?
I've used an adjustable stair bracket system too that's ICC-ES approved. It also uses 2 stringers. What's nice about it is that it's easy to install and I've saved $$$ by using it. If you go to the EZ Stairs website, you can see how it works. The stairs I've built with it are strong and don't squeak either.
 
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