Stairs

Best Practices: Decks - StairsMLCQuizStairs


DFLeavitt

As a Northern Utah Home Inspector, Stairs and handrails can be absolutely scary and unsafe. This is another segment in a series provided by the Journal of Light Construction trade magazine, and while all of the information presented isn’t mandated by the building codes, several of the specifics greatly exceed the code and this is why they are deemed “Best Practices”. If you are going to build a deck, or have one built, then I highly recommend that you take the safer “Best Practices” approach. It may cost more on the initial investment of the build, but the “Best Practices” detailing will provide years of trouble free peace of mind while you enjoy time on your deck.

SEE ALSO - IRC 2012 At-A-Glance - STAIRS

Journal of Light Construction (JLC) - Stairs

0913-Cover-150SEPTEMBER 2013 ISSUE

Michael Chotiner is a contributing editor to JLC.

September 2013

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***SPECIAL NOTE: The state of Utah has adopted special ammendments to the 2012 IRC regarding stairs. Utah stair treads can be 9” verses the IRC’s 10” minimum. Utah stair risers can be 8” while the IRC mandates 7.75” maximum.

SEE ALSO - IRC 2012 At-A-Glance - STAIRS

 

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