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If you haven't already read our free information on stair building, please check out our Stairs & Rails section under the "How-To" menu. Otherwise, below is a detailed list of additional topics and features available in the Stairs and Railings section of the BestDeckSite Password Area. For a complete outline of all the sections and topics covered see the Password Coverage Page. If you want the best gazebo and deck building information, Get A Password Today.

  • Stair & Railing Calculators
    There is no need to struggle through the math needed to layout stairs and railings with BestDeckSite's Stair & Railing Calculators.
     
  • Getting The Posts To Work Together
    What types of railing styles are stronger based upon how well they transfer loads to neighboring posts.
     
  • Reinforcing The Rim Joists
    How to meet the IBC 200-pound load requirement and what this means in terms of additional reinforcing required at the band/rim joists.
     
  • Post Spacing & Notching
    How much spacing is too much between neighboring posts and how much you're allowed to notch posts without affecting strength.
     
  • Decorative Touches
    A short list of ideas to make your railings look good.
     
  • Guardrail Examples
    Numerous examples for you to look over as you create the railing design of your dream deck and gazebo.
     
  • Stair, Landing, & Railing Building Codes
    All about the many building codes related to stairs and guardrails and how to avoid having to redo your hard work.
     
  • Measuring Total Rise & Run
    How to correctly measure these two critical dimensions when the ground isn't perfectly level.
     
  • Layout & Cutting Stringers
    Step-by-step directions starting with selecting the correct size of stringer lumber to accurately marking and cutting stringers.
     
  • Three Ways To Attach Stringers
    Three options for securely attaching the top of the stairs to your deck or gazebo.
     
  • Reinforcing The Floor Framing
    For longer stair runs, the floor framing where the stairs attach needs to be reinforced. Here's how to do it right.
     
  • Stair Assembly
    How to put together your stairs including additional reinforcing to make them extra strong.
     
  • Stair Landings
    For longer stair runs, code requires an intermediate landing. Learn how to make a landing and get the railings to work out.
     
  • Box & Flared Stairs
    Simple box stair construction and stairs that are wider at the base than at the top.
     

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