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Thread: Stairs. Yikes!

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Inside the Beltway

    Stairs. Yikes!

    Hey, folks,

    We have a second story deck. I've shored up the structure, rebuilt the rails, added flower boxes. Eventually, we'll need a whole new deck, but not yet. What I haven't gotten to so far is the stairs, and I can't leave them any longer. I've got to rebuild them.

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    As you can see, I hope, there's not much left of the redwood, not even where the carpenter bees haven't riddled it with holes. James has managed to pull off a couple of the stair treads, and two of the rails. The whole thing is wobbly!

    I've never made stairs before... any tips, tricks, links, etc. would be much appreciated!



  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan

    save your best stringer

    and use it for your pattern, if your not comfortable layin out new ones..the guy before you has done the math, you just need to redo the work the key is to make both sides the same. they might call the stringer in your area the carrier or riser.. its the one that has the treads attached to it.

    from thelast picture it looks like they are mite steeper than normal do they rize more than 7 inches each step? looks to be around 8" rize????
    Last edited by larry merlau; 07-20-2008 at 04:25 PM. Reason: second look
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Billings Missouri near Springfield Mo
    Most of the places like Lowe's and Home Depot have them all ready cut you might check there for them or what ever big box home repair store you have there.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    if you plan on replacing the whole deck in the next coupla years then save yourself lots of work by strengthing the existing stairs. first add risers and screw the treads down securely, then stiffen the stringers by adding a full length 2x on the inside that touches the tread/riser joint.......if that`s not enough install 4x4 supports midway in the run to transfer the load to the ground......
    this should buy you time so you can do the whole deck and new stairs in one shot.
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Alexandria, Virginia
    While is is perhaps off base for the direction you are going, I plan on adding a circular staircase. They take up so much less room.

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