Deck stairs are typically made from 2 x 12 stringers spaced about 12 to 16 inches apart. They rest on a solid foundation and are attached to the deck with hangers. They have risers (also called toe kicks), treads and railings. The stairs should be at least 36 inches wide.
Sure, building deck stairs can be tricky. But in this story, we'll make it easy by showing you how to build stairs by estimating step dimensions.
Learn how to build deck stairs using 2×12 stringers. Watch our step-by-step DIY video. Review the code requirements for deck stair construction.
Building deck stairs are often the most challenging part of a DIY deck project. We will teach you how to cut stair stringers to meet code for rise and run step limits.
In this how-to video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shares his stair
DIYNetwork.com has instructions on how to build a staircase off a deck.
I've been building stairs inside homes and on decks for almost 30 years. There are lots of viable methods that avoid the pitfalls that lead to uneven risers, tilted .