By video journalist waldo cabrera ask john the builder's john c*x demonstrates how to add custom stairs to your deck. Featured interviews: john cox, leed ap. Allow me to share gallery about how to add stairs to your outdoor deck ask john the, , etc.
Measure out the posts cut 4x4s to be at least a little higher than the railing will be plus extra length to hang below the deck planks for instance if you want a railing that is 36 inches 91 cm high cut posts that are perhaps 44 inches 110 cm high most building codes require deck railings to be between 36 inches 91 cm and 42 inches 110 cm high
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If you use the deck itself as the top riser as with this deck subtract one step this deck will have treads made of 5 4 inch x 6 inch decking planks — two for each step — making the run for each step the distance front to back about 11 inches it also has 2 inch x 6 inch risers or toe kicks on the back for a clean look
In this video this old house general contractor tom silva explains how to build deck stairs steps 1 determine the width of each stair tread 2 use 4 foot level and tape measure to find the total rise of the staircase 3 divide total rise by number of steps to find height of each riser
Your deck is no doubt about to receive a great deal of foot traffic with warmer seasons descending making this the perfect time to make sure your deck steps are as safe as they are appealing raised and multi level decks are the perfect opportunity to accentuate your home x27 s best qualities and align your deck with the overall landscaping theme