DIY Home Improvement, Remodeling & Repair Forum > Replacing Porch Stairs, Sizing Questions

01-05-2014, 09:25 PM
nealtw
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 Originally Posted by 1victorianfarmhouse Neal, Thanks as usual for giving me a good idea what they will want me to do due the existing dimensions. I do plan to build a framework of treated 2x6s and 4x4s under the stairs for support, not just the stringers like so many people do
With stringers, you can support them on the edge of a walk but solid construction you will need footing below frost protection level.

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01-06-2014, 01:55 PM
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 Originally Posted by nealtw You do not count the deck as a step and you always count the riser to the deck So there is always one more riser than steps. If you would build a set with one step you would divide the total rise by 2 so 2 risers 1 step.
Sorry.
Try this
http://www.blocklayer.com/stairs/stairseng.aspx
And this one
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stairs
tells me there is more to this than I first thought. The '18' formula plus another formula plus an optimum step rise:run ratio.

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01-06-2014, 05:50 PM
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 Originally Posted by Wuzzat? Sorry. Try thishttp://www.blocklayer.com/stairs/stairseng.aspx And this onehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stairs tells me there is more to this than I first thought. The '18' formula plus another formula plus an optimum step rise:run ratio.
Your first link is good , to bad they had to make the floor above with 2x4 joists tp make it work, the floor above should be 10.5" so they don't have 80" clearence at the bottom.
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01-17-2014, 01:59 AM
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Why not pour concrete steps instead of using wood? Won't cost much more (and possibly even less), and will certainly last a lot longer. All while requiring zero maintenance.

I built a curved concrete entry stairway for a friend a few years ago, and his wife still raves about it every time we get back there.

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