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08-05-2007 04:40 PM  13 years ago
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camt10

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building deck stairs
im buying a house and am looking to do some minor repairs
the house has a deck that has a handicap accessible ramp. this ramp takes up too much room and worse you can get spliters very easy.

anyways im ripping that down and going to build a staircase,I was looking at home depot and they have stairs to be built in pieces,stringers,bannisters,and planks anyone have any experience with the quality ie plumbness or will it require alot of shimming and some cutting
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08-05-2007 05:06 PM  13 years ago
valerko

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Get yourself a framing square and make your own stringers for the stairs.
Measure from the top of the deck to the ground and divede by 8".That'll give you number of risers,then you take that hight again and divide by number of risers and that'll give you acual hight of riser.
For example 48" from deck to ground means 6 riser stair wich means you'll have 5 actual steps.
Then all you have to decide is how wide steps you want (at least 9-10"
then you grab the the framing square and lay it down on a 2x10 .

http://www.extremehowto.com/xh/arti...rticle_id=60182

If you're stairs are small and you have to do a pad at the bottom,you can just use precut stringers Home depot sells.
Just nail the stringer where ever you whant stairs to go,brace it level and plumb and then make concreate pad on the bottom for stairs to sit at.Make sure pad is no more then 8" of the ground.
Where in NY are you,maybe I can just come and make them for you.
It'll cost you a 12 pack of good beer.
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08-05-2007 05:14 PM  13 years ago
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i just bought in westchester [cortlandt manor] thanks for the input im mechanically enclined just want to make sure didnt go over my head i have to do some projects i wanted to do some of them [pride of accomplishing something]although i dont want it to come out like my 3rd grade project bird house needed to be condemedTO CRASH OR NOT TO CRASH
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08-05-2007 05:20 PM  13 years ago
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also if you had to guess to have it done approxamite cost including parts and labor its about a 5 feet from deck to groundTO CRASH OR NOT TO CRASH
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