Stairs

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

Stairs Featured Articles

Trimming out Stairs
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Trimming out Stairs

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

Installing an Over-the-Post Handrail - Part One
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Installing an Over-the-Post Handrail - Part One

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

Installing an Over-the-Post Handrail - Part II
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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. Read more

A Craftsman-Style Newel and Railing
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A Craftsman-Style Newel and Railing

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

Foolproof Layout For Winding Stairs
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Foolproof Layout For Winding Stairs

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

A Craftsman-Style Newel and Railing
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A Craftsman-Style Newel and Railing

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

Tips for Building a Double Winder Stair
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Tips for Building a Double Winder Stair

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

Box Newel With a Metal Stanchion
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Box Newel With a Metal Stanchion

Steel comes in handy to stiffen a newel post Read 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? Read more

Basement Stairs Transplant
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Basement Stairs Transplant

Stacking the basement stairs under the stairs to the second floor opens up the... Read more

On the Job: Welded Steel Handrailing
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On the Job: Welded Steel Handrailing

Sleek but strong handrail; backyard face-lift; easier winders Read more

Building Over a Stairwell to Gain Space in a Small Second Floor
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Building Over a Stairwell to Gain Space in a Small Second Floor

Making the most of a small upstairs Read more

Q&A: Winder Layout to Code?
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Q&A: Winder Layout to Code?

Although code inspections are not routinely done in the rural area where I work, I... Read more

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