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TOPIC: Outside stairs.

Outside stairs. 9 years 11 months ago #25323

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#1On a outside slope that has concrete stairs going up it, all at grade level, is a handrail required? #2 If each tread is greater then 36", is it considered a landing or a tread.  If it is indeed a landing, can the height of the riser differ, or most they be the same as they are required in stair treads?

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Re: Outside stairs. 9 years 11 months ago #25332

How many stairs are there? How tall is the riser on each stair?

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Re: Outside stairs. 9 years 11 months ago #25369

Got any pictures? If I am picturing what you mean right, if there are 4 or more stairs it needs a handrail. I believe if they are 36" they are a landing and do not need a handrail. I would think the height could differ as long as it does not exceed the 8" height.

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Re: Outside stairs. 8 years 3 months ago #42852

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Further thought, if the stairs and handrail, or lack of handrail are outside the house, and not directly serving the house, does the code even apply. Example, hillside lot with a patio area at the top.

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Re: Outside stairs. 8 years 3 months ago #42857

"...does the code even apply."

A home inspection is for Safety and Habitability.  Stairs without railnings are unsafe, report it.  The code is a guideline to help you define Safe and Habitable.  Remember that code is that absolute worst you can build a home and still pass.  It is not a goal to shoot for but rather a floor to build from.

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Re: Outside stairs. 8 years 3 months ago #42858

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Nicely put!  I run into  subs when I do QC inspections that are annoyed and brag how everything they do is done to code. Its like there saying "everything we do, we do the minimum."

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