Stairs & Railings
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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
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- 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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