Could use some ideas on how to report this...

Circular stairs running down to the basement on a house that is been flipped. The flipper used plastic water pipe, typically used for main water lines coming from wells around here, for his handrail.

It’s actually quite stiff and feels very secure when I put my weight on it. But clearly it’s not the correct material for the job. I gotta admit, I’m kind of impressed with the ingenuity of it.

Would you call it out and if so how?

Sorry about the photo orientation, you’ll have to talk to NACHI about loading photos from a Phone.

And yes, we all know it doesn’t return to the wall. :slight_smile:

Should be graspable without having to regrip the length of the rail is one thing.

I’d note its unconventional, made of plumbing material, and currently appears/feels secure (if it is) may have a short lifespan.

Cam just notate as non standard in the same way you might call out a decorative bottle trap under a expensive basin. yeah ,yeah safety ] but mention the baluster gap as well.
These spiral staircases are not exactly user friendly to begin with.

P>S did you have an urge to roll a marble in the tube ? :slight_smile:

What’s the diameter of the pipe?

Roy where is mention of riser gap on that page ?

The tread rise shall not be more than 9 1/2 inches high.

Salter’s standard code package does not address the open space between each tread (open rise stair).

*IRC Code or IFC Code requires not more than a 4″ space in this area,
you will need to order our Code Riser treads.

Non-issue. Move on.

I agree there are more than one concern here, railing not starting at finished floor, spacing over 4” between pickets, open or unprotected side at first step. Spiral staircases in general are hazardous and I always note to use caution when using.

Now as to your question I might add something like

“While the spiral staircase appears capable of supporting normally imposed loads at this time, the handgrip portion of spiral staircase is using an uncommon material (plastic plumbing). The integrity of this material in this application is unknown and could fail without warning as it ages. For reasons of safety refer to a qualified contractor to review the spiral staircase and to make any corrections, again for reasons of safety.”

Roy there is more than a 4 inch gap space.

Correct did you not see what they said ,I had put it in Red for you .


( IRC Code or IFC Code requires not more than a 4″ space in this area,
you will need to order our Code Riser treads.)

Good narrative. :slight_smile:

Also. the railing is not continuously uninterupted because each baluster is attached up and around the railing top preventing the hand from sliding down it easily. It is no different that a newel blocking the railing, IMHO.

And can you imagine the ankle breaker that exists where the first tread is short of the wall/framing? :shock: