A good set of stairs is essential for accessing your deck. The amount of wood and other materials you will need depends on the height of your deck and certain preferences. No matter the height, though, you must meet the International Residential Code when building deck stairs:
- Minimum stair width of 36 inches
- Maximum stair rise of 7 ¾ inches
- Minimum stair tread depth of 10 inches
Tools You Will Need to Build Stairs
If you don't typically work with wood, you may need to invest in more tools. All in all, you will need:
- Tape measure
- Four-foot level
- Circular saw
- Corded drill
- Framing square
- Stair gauge
- Safety glasses
- Plumb bob
Keep the above purchases in mind if doing the math when deciding whether to DIY or hire a professional.
Skills You Will Need to Build Deck Stairs
Speaking of hiring a professional, as mentioned this task involves not only construction but also design. Inaccuracy in either area can lead to problems during the project. Measurements that are not precise can leave you without enough wood or with wood that goes to waste. Inaccuracy also can result in you not passing inspection and having to do additional work-or worse-case scenario, start from scratch.
If you are considering outsourcing this task, get an idea as to how much it will cost before ruling it out. If you are truly new to DIY projects such as this, factor in how much it will cost not only for materials but also for tools.
Other Factors to Consider
When deciding whether or not to hire a professional handyman to do the work, also factor in the cost of your time. If you have precious free time, it might make sense to enjoy it and know that the work will be done to code the first time and take fewer days than if you DIY'd it. This project can take a non-professional several weekends to complete.
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