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Can you please guide me on how to build steps on a slope to

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Can you please guide me on how to build steps on a slope to get to my garden? Garden is about 10 feet below main level and i would like to build steps using 6X6 solid wood. I have been trying find the right instructions to do so, but just could not. Please let me know.

Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Home Improvement
Expert:  Dovetail Greene replied 3 years ago.


My name's Kel.


Do you know the exact change in vertical height from the lowest to highest step?


Are there any length constraints -- that is -- a space the steps must fit in?


Are there any hard surfaces like concrete that you're incorporating into your steps?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I do not know the exact height but it is around 12-15 feed.

Length constraints - 2-3 feet is fine.

I was not planning to incorporate any hard surfaces.

Expert:  Dovetail Greene replied 3 years ago.

When you type 2-3 feet is fine -- I'm guessing that's the width.


I'm wondering about the run -- that's the total length. Are there fixed objects at the beginning or end that need to be accommodated?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Yea i was referring to the width of the steps.


I was referring to these type of steps -


If i could get step by step instruction or better instruction than mentioned in the article above. There are no fixed objects.

Expert:  Dovetail Greene replied 3 years ago.
Thanks for the link.
I'm familiar with these kind of steps.
Can you build the 6x6 stairs in the U shape?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I am not sure how to build them. that is exactly what i wanted to know. the tools required and the bolts etc.


I believe once i know how to build a U-shaped stairs, I should place the steps starting from the bottom? Also, what goes into the steps to fill in and that will not get eroded.

Expert:  Dovetail Greene replied 3 years ago.

I can't believe it.

I just wrote you a lengthy answer to your question and the system lost it.


To answer your first question.

If your finish wide is going to be 36" -- cut the 6x6 to thirty six inches. Then cut two side pieces 24" long. Cut a treated 2x6 25" long.

Use hot dipped galvanized carriage bolts to attach the 36" long front piece to the side piece. You'll need a 8" carriage bolt. 5/16" diameter

Drill a pilot hole with a 1/4" bit. Get a long shank paddle bit to reach through the 6x6.


Measure back from the front edge of the 6x6 along the sides and put a mark at 12".

Attach the 2x6 to the 6x6 so it forms a 5 1/2" deep enclosure.


Does this make sense?

What other questions do you have?

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Expert:  Dovetail Greene replied 3 years ago.
Hello. This's Kel checking in to see how your stair project's going. . .