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# I need to make some stairs to a deck. The height of the deck

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I need to make some stairs to a deck. The height of the deck is 4 ft. but when you come out from the deck there is a slop in the ground. So when I come out to where the first step would be, at that point the height to the deck would be about 2 1/2 ft. So right at the deck my height is 4 ft, and 6ft away from the deck my height is like 2 1/2 ft. How do I make my stairs?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Home Improvement
Expert:  Machinc replied 2 years ago.
I will do some calculations and get right back
Expert:  Machinc replied 2 years ago.
Meanwhile you could use a large framing square
and a carpenters ruler.
Can do without the square but it is a lot easier if you have one
Ill be right back .
Expert:  Machinc replied 2 years ago.
Expert:  Machinc replied 2 years ago.
Your run is a bit long and out of
range for regular stair construction.
Suggestions:

Fill in the ground in front if the deck
So it is level.

Build a ramp instead of stairs if you can't or
Is not practical to fill in.

Cover the extra distance by going one step down
From the deck. Have a level landing
Three feet wide then step down to grade as needed.

Extend the stair area of the deck six feet then build the steps down

Hope you will find this helpful.

Customer: replied 2 years ago.

the run doesn't have to be 6 ft. Can you just calculate for normal stairs and I will take care of the rest. Don't need to make it anymore work then we need to with a landing or filling with dirt.

Expert:  Machinc replied 2 years ago.
No problem. I will get right. Back
Expert:  Machinc replied 2 years ago.

http://www.blocklayer.com/stairs/stairseng.aspx

Your runs will be 10 "
your rises. Will be 7 1/2 "

There will be three runs
There. Will be four. Rises

Don't forget to allow for the thickness of the tread. So it matches the top of the deck.

Hope it goes well. Let me know.

Machinc, General Contractor
Category: Home Improvement
Satisfied Customers: 740
Experience: Has written home improvement articles since 2008. Earned South Carolina Residential Builders License in 1991.

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