Deck Stairs Forum

Designing and building stairs is a very popular topic that deserves its own forum.

Building them can surely one of the most challenging carpentry tasks for the do-it-yourselfer. It involves some mathematics and precision to be done right.

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Stairs That Flair Out As They Go Down 
I am trying to figure out how to build some deck stairs that grow wider as they go down. Some call them wrap around stairs or cascading stairs. They …

Building a Deck - Steps From Door 
I am building a deck. Is there a requirement as to how far under threshold of the patio door it needs to be before you have to put another step or ramp …

Hexagon Wrap Around Deck Stairs 
I am installing new deck over an existing frame. the shape of the deck is a hexagon. The client wants steps of of three sides of the deck. What should …

Steps all Around Two Sides on Sloping Ground 
I am building a floating 14 by 20 cedar deck (max height is 18 inches) and wish to have stairs all around two adjacent sides. The other two sides are bordered …

First time building wrap around deck stairs 
I am building a deck with a set of wrap around stairs. I have never done this before. I have the stringers framed out to the corner from both directions …

Deck Stairs for Inside 90 Degree Corner. 
Our deck is shaped like a letter" L". We want to have steps coming down from the inside corner.We need suggestions on how to build this.

Deck Stairs Improperly Installed? 
We are finishing up a deck reno and are concerned about the stairs from the deck to the landing. See photo. Of concern is the way the stairs "sit" …

Deck stairs question about height and rises 
My front porch is 6x11 and 29 inches from floor to ground. The framing is complete and the stringers were just finished. They are 7 9/16 rise with a 12 …

trouble building cascading deck stairs 
We are planning to build a deck off the back of our house. The height is about 21" (below the 24" that would require me to have a railing) and we want …

Stairs or Ramp for Porch 
I have a cottage that I would like improve with a new entrance to the house. There is an existing seven foot wood porch with three steps to the ground. …

Looking for a Step down to patio from kitchen deck design 
I need to get down from the kitchen to the patio. Only 24" and want a reasonable platform 60" X 30" deep to stand on level with the patio door and …

Step Heights for Tiered Deck Platforms 
I wonder whether you can help me? I am building a three tiered decked platform but want the "steps" to act as seating and bench areas. I have the …

Mounting the Stair Rail Post to Concrete Stairs 
I have a solid concrete steps leading for the house down to the walkway. Can the posts holding the rails be attached to the side of the steps? The …

Building stairs when the landing is not even 
We had a lower level cement slab patio poured that is slightly angled away from the house. Now we are building a second story deck and the stairs will …

Rebuilding New Composite Deck Stairs and Extending the Concrete Slab Landing Not rated yet
My wife and I are having a porch renovated with composite decking. Our original porch was four tread stair case from the sidewalk to the porch. Each …

Stair Tread Nosing Distance Not rated yet
What is the right stair tread nosing distance? I am installing composite decking on stair treads and was told by a friend that the rounded nosing must …

Concrete Landing Pad And Stairs Misaligned Not rated yet
I just bought a new home and this is the deck built by the builder. As you can see, the concrete landing and the stairs are misaligned. The stairs …

Stair Lighting REQUIREMENTS Not rated yet
I recently had a deck inspected (final closeout) and it failed due to improper lighting. I have installed solar (high) powered LEDs on every other tread …

Deck Stair Width Not rated yet
I am building a deck that's 27'-6" wide with stairs that will be in the middle leading into the back yard. I am debating how wide to make the stairs? 5'-6' …

Varying tread run along a two step change in deck level Not rated yet
I am designing a deck for our back yard and would like to avoid railings as much as possible to avoid obstructing the view from the deck. With a total …

Wooden Stairs down a hill Not rated yet
I have a total stair run of 176" and a total stair rise of 72.5". I am thinking I will need a landing 1/2 way down the hill to achieve "standard rise …

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