How to Build Wood Steps on a Deck



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By: Danny Lipford

When building stairs or steps for a deck:

  • Make sure all of the step risers are the same height, and all the step treads the same width to avoid a tripping hazard.
  • The rise of each step is determined by the height of the landing from the ground, with each step height from 7″ to 8″ high.
  • The width of each step should be from 11″ to 12″ wide.
  • The stringers for the steps are notched at right angles with the proper rise and run.
  • After cutting one stringer, use it as a pattern for all the others.
  • Notch the top of the stringer so it rests on a ledger board attached to the deck framing.
  • Attach deck stair treads with the cup facing down to prevent the steps from holding water or acting as a tripping hazard.

Watch this video to find out more.

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How to Build Wooden Deck Stairs



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