A 71 year old woman decides to update her front steps. How she does it? This is incredible!

A 71 year old woman decides to update her front steps. How she does it This is incredible!
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“OLD?” It’s all in how you decide to “mature.” Out of necessity, I removed the steps built by a Contractor and built new ones – the right way! In the process, I discovered that I LOVE building, and I’m excited to be starting more building projects – at 71 (and I’m a girl)! Here we go…. First pic is what the Contractor built for me.

 

 

 
outside stairs, stairs
Notice the waves? The brick supports? The long drop from the lower step? He must have forgotten to measure the height from the ground to the door and then forgot the standard 7″ step height code as well as all steps must be the same height…. When he got to the bottom, he had to push dirt up under the risers, but couldn’t push enough so also used bricks on their sides as supports for the risers.

 

 
outside stairs, stairs

 

I have never built steps before, so I took note as I removed the Contractor’s steps. I found rotted wood up under the bottom of the door frame, so I removed all the wood and pushed a small pvc pipe up into that space, and I attached white flashing to stop any water from getting behind the new steps.

 

 
outside stairs, stairs

 

I discovered that the brackets used were incorrect and purchased the same bolts that came off with the old steps and the correct brackets to hold the risers. I drilled holes in the ledger board and the risers before attaching the brackets. NOTICE: I made the mistake of not leveling and placing concrete patio blocks under the bottom of the risers! Don’t do this!

 

 
outside stairs, stairs

 

This picture shows the step boards all hanging off to the left. I was hoping to only have to cut one end, but a few boards were a bit warped on one end, so the next picture shows how I placed them to use the straightest portions of the boards.

 

 
outside stairs, stairs

 

I used 2 deck screws to attached each board (2 per step) to each riser. Then I cut the ends on each side leaving a little overhang on each end.
The dog 2nd from the right is a digger, and she teaches the others.
 
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