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Graham 05-10-2013 01:24 PM

This issue of ShortCuts is pretty full. We look at building stairs to your new deck, we look at 50 years of a Stanley Tape Measure and new more powerful Lithium ion batteries from Bosch. We of course have our Book Review and some really neat new tools from Skil, Porter-Cable and Racor, take a look!

The very best is the least that I can do
Graham McCulloch

nealtw 05-10-2013 02:12 PM

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Graham: I have to dissagree with what you call typical. This is a problem for few reasons 1. Attaching level with the deck will require more railing and fence at the level of the deck. This can add to the expence when dealing with glass and aluminum with no real benefit. 2. As the stairs often need to be replaced while the deck itself still has life, removing some of the deck to replace the stairs can be a problem especially if the deck has a membrane on it.
Our standard steps are started down one step, treads are cut 10" deep and we use two 2x6s, 11" gives you the 1" nose. We also use 2x10s for stringers but we also add a 2x12 to the outside of the stingers just cut to fit top and bottom. . This not only adds strength but also gives the railing guys more to bolt to.

Graham 05-10-2013 07:23 PM

Point taken Neal, thanks

nealtw 05-12-2013 04:22 PM

We find often home owners often do call the pros for the stairs but to save money they do there own prep work like poring a slab for the stairs to sit on and most time they screw the elevation up. A good explanation of the math would be most helpful.

Graham 05-13-2013 04:35 AM

Thanks for that Neal. Here is a stair calculator, one of several on the internet - -

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