Stairs

JLC Field Guide: Stairs

Building codes strictly govern all aspects of stair construction, including a stair's rise and run, the height and shape of guardrails and handrails, and the headroom above the steps.

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Stairs Featured Articles

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Trimming out Stairs

Site-built staircases are an important part of many medium-budget projects. In... More

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Installing an Over-the-Post Handrail - Part One

Simple-to-make railing stands allow accurate assembly right in position. More

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Installing an Over-the-Post Handrail - Part II

Loose-fitting dowels and five-minute epoxy allow fine adjustments in the assembly. More

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A Craftsman-Style Newel and Railing

This unique newel and railing system was custom built on site from stock parts. More

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Foolproof Layout For Winding Stairs

While new stair codes have made winders more complicated to build, full-scale... More

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A Craftsman-Style Newel and Railing

This unique newel and railing system was custom built on site from stock parts. More

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Tips for Building a Double Winder Stair

In building this double winder stair, remodeler Dave Holbrook used modular boxes... More

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Stairs Instruction

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Q&A: Alternative Stair Design

When building a house with a loft accessed by a code-compliant stair, does a second, unorthodox, stair that leads to the same loft space have to comply with code as well? More

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Soundproofing a Condo Stairwell

Coastal Connection goes on site with New England Soundproofing in Boston’s South... More

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Basement Stairs Transplant

Stacking the basement stairs under the stairs to the second floor opens up the... More

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On the Job: Welded Steel Handrailing

Sleek but strong handrail; backyard face-lift; easier winders More

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