Exterior stairs

(Eli Klugmann) #1

Do exterior stairs have to be attached to a ledger the same way as a deck?
And therefore these nails are not really enough?
Should I recommend to be attached with 1/2 lagscrews.
Thanks

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(Erik Schmidt) #2

Where I am a landing would be required for exterior stairs over 3 steps, so there is that.
Check with the local AHJ, probably the same for them.

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(Roy Lewis, CMI - North Florida Inspector) #3

How are they being secured to the house? I see no bolts.
Those clip are not enough for the stringer. It should have stringer brackets.

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(Larry Kage, CMI) #4

This: Decks.com. Stair Stringer Attachment

And/or this: LSC Adjustable Stringer Connector | Simpson Strong-Tie

…would be more appropriate.

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(Christopher Currins, CMI) #5

Great links Larry.

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(Eli Klugmann) #6

Good point.

The door swings inward, does it still need the landing?
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(Eli Klugmann) #7

Good point.

The door swings inward, does it still need the landing?
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(Christopher Currins, CMI) #8

Nope. “perpendicular to the direction of travel”

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(Roy Lewis, CMI - North Florida Inspector) #9

Regardless it looks FUBAR.:smiley:
I’d write it up as structurally deficient. Yep!

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(Eli Klugmann) #10

Thank you all!

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(Erik Schmidt) #11

The only exterior stairs that do not need a landing are a secondary entrance with three steps or less and door swings away from the steps. YMMV, you need to check.
The primary exterior entrance always need a porch or landing so the SWAT team has a place to stand before they blow the door down and rush in with their automatic weapons.

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