New exterior stair section added

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Thu Aug 23, 2012 1:27 pm

Well, it seems like I'm on here posting then quiet a looong time. Been a busy summer so far. We moved in here last October, and had a cold winter with mice dancing through the place, but not too many problems. The worst thing about the bad floors was the washer pushed itself right through the floor, so we tried Mark's trick on laundry floors that's in his book. Came out nice and we finished up winter too busy working to tackle anything else when this spring brought out the fact that our stairs outside were really in sad shape. They began to scare us, and I had to build a quickie ramp for our new washer to go up on and our old washer to go out on - the washer and flooring cost a bit, so we had to get by with the ramp for a bit - you all know how it goes…
I used the time to look up how to build stairs and finally made up my list and hit Home Depot. We have a small car, so their courtesy cutting of lumber was really helpful. I went early in the morning, during the week and one of the people there helped me sort through the pressure treated lumber to find good pieces, then cut the big ones so they would fit in the car. There almost wasn't enough room for me - I had to hunch over the steering wheel and took the back way home!
I'm real proud of these stairs because power tools scare me, so I built these with a Japanese hand saw (one of these :
http://www.amazon.com/Shark-Corp-10-231 ... =Shark+saw
and a cordless drill/driver. The hardest part was figuring out the stringers, as the former owner hadn't built them to code, and I couldn't for the life of me get the first (bottom) rise to be correct, but in the end, I figured you don't stub your toe on it, you don't trip on it, so the heck with it! Also, I had to find instructions where the top step was level with the deck, due to the way the "apron" board on the deck was. There simply wasn't enough support for me to have the stringer rest on a lower board, as there was no post in the middle! And we didn't have the funds to rebuild the whole kit and kaboodle.
I'm letting it weather a bit and then will paint. Anyone know what's the latest on how long to let pressure treated lumber weather before finishing? I've read anywhere from a few weeks to 6 months!
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Thu Aug 23, 2012 4:29 pm

Looks good, great job!!

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Thu Aug 23, 2012 4:51 pm

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Wed Aug 29, 2012 7:21 pm

Looks good to me too. Cool looking stringers! Not sure what I am looking at, but it looks like rectangles of 2x12 sandwiched between two 2x10's. Is that what I am seeing?

I use "perfect step" math and cut stringers from 2x12 PT lumber. I always make templates first with cheap ply or sheathing, usually 3/8" cdx ply. Even a small 4 step stringer requires an 8' 2x12 pt. At $20 ea, I don't want to mess up on one. I might try your stringer method next time. That would allow me to test fit and then correct if needed, without loosing my lumber.

Thanks for the post!
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Wed Aug 29, 2012 7:41 pm

You're right JD, I didn't catch that, At first look it looked like a 2x reinforcement on the side of the stringer. Nice idea!!

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