Simplifying Stair Rise And Run Calculations When I first started my
career in carpentry, building a set of stairs seemed like a complicated
and daunting task. We're not talking finished oak, curved or spiral
staircases. I'm talking about your normal carpet covered straight run
staircases or porch and deck staircases.
Stair Building Designs Basic stair building starts with basic stair
designs. The simplest stair design is the classic straight set of stairs
know simply as the straight run. The straight run set of stairs can be
one step or one thousand steps long.
Pressures Of Building Track Homes The house you live in
was probably a mass produced home built as part of a housing track. The
track home is a rapidly built house in phases. These phases if possible
will over lap the other home building trades. If possible you will have
the plumbers working on the same house as the electricians and the
Building Code The
stair building code
was created for building safety. Before the building code and local city
enforcement ( Building Inspectors). Anyone could build a house. This
meant Uncle Earl who had just watched a couple of his friends build a
house down the street construct some sort of a dwelling.
Versus Nails Some nails over time seemed to loosen up and do
not have the holding power that a screw does. Over time both will
corrode through the process of oxidizing or rusting. When framing a set
of stairs using nails will definitely be faster and more efficient. It
would be extremely difficult to screw a set of stairs together and time
Building Stairs Safely If you ask most of the people how they hurt
themselves on a construction site, they would tell you, that it was
because of their careless working habits.
The Purpose of Stair Nosing What is the purpose of stair nosing?
Well for one it makes the stairway looked nice. I like the look of the
carpeting as it rolls over the stair nosing and onto the riser.
17 1/2 Inch Stair Rule Here's a simple rule that allows you to
build a comfortable set of stairs. If you can stay within a half-inch of
this simple stair rule, you will find that most of your stairways will
be comfortable to walk up and down.
Inspecting a Stairway The first thing you want to do when
inspecting a stairway is to give it a visual inspection. Look for
anything out of the ordinary, along with any irregularities. Again
you're going to be looking for anything out of place, missing, loose,
broken or damaged.
Dangers Using Wood Stair Cleats I would imagine most people don't
even know what it wood stair cleat is, in construction we have so many
words that describe the same thing. A stair cleat is another word for a
Metal Stair Tread Brackets Metal stair tread brackets are used
instead of wood cleats and for plenty of good reasons. Wood stair cleats
or tread brackets often become a safety hazard over time, as the wood
starts to deteriorate.
2 X 12 or 3 X 12 Stair Treads If you've built as many stairways as
I have, this is a very simple question to answer. Should I use 2 x 12 or
3 x 12 for my stair treads? Without a doubt I would use the 3 x 12 for a
couple of reasons.