The 2×2 pickets, aluminum handrail and 2×6 knee bracing are installed to complete the deck stair & landing rebuild.
Table of Contents
- Planning and Building Wood Deck Stairs with Landing
- Tear Down Old Wood Deck Stairs and Landing
- Remove Wood Deck Stair Landing Support Posts and Concrete Footers
- Build Deck Stair Landing: Pour Concrete Footers and Install 6×6 Posts
- Deck Stair Landing: Saw Post-to-Beam Support Notches
- Deck Stair Landing Beam and Joist Framing
- Deck Stair Stringer Hanger Board and Simpson Strong-Tie LSCZ Stringer Connectors
- Install Wood Deck Stair Stringers and 4×4 Newel Posts
- How to Frame a Wood Deck Stair Landing
- Build Wood Deck Stairs – Layout Solid and Sawn Stringers
- How to Install Deck Stair Stringers and Treads
- Build Wood Deck Stairs and Landing – Completed Job Photos (you are here)
Build Wood Deck Stairs and Landing – Completed Job Photos
Deck Stair Hand Rail
The Wood Deck Building Code (see sheet 20) requires a stair handrail which can be wood or metal. There’s a lot of new home construction in the Atlanta metro area and builders mostly install wood handrails which cost less. I don’t like wood for this application because it’s prone to weathering and splinters. I therefore installed a Fortress Railing Products gloss black 1.5 inch round aluminum handrail system. Measure the length of rail, decide how many returns, brackets and plugs are needed then buy the kit at a builder’s supply. See the Fortress Product Detail and Installation Instructions to plan your job. The materials for my rail cost about $500.
Recall the original deck stairs did not have an interior guard rail. To make room for a guard rail I built the stairs narrower with 36″ inch wide stair treads, however there was no space mount a full length stair guard post to the deck joists. The solution was to fasten a 4×4 sister post to the deck guard post with two 1/2 inch galvanized bolts, nuts and washers:
Interior view of the 4×4 sister post:
Deck Stair Guard Rail
I put off installing the 2×2 pickets until last because it’s a lot of busy work sawing, staining and mounting the pickets. See How to Build Code Compliant Deck Railing and Figure 36 Stair Guard Requirements on Sheet 19 of the Prescriptive Deck Code for details.
Deck Stair Landing Knee Bracing
The completed stairs and landing. Notice the extensive 2×6 knee bracing on all sides of the landing. Knee bracing makes the landing very rigid with almost no side-to-side wobble:
The new stairs are straight, level and square:
Another view of the landing:
View from below the two flights of stairs:
The difference in this photo is I’ve replaced the toe-nailed 4×4 knee bracing with 2×6 braces bolted to the main deck:
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