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Old 03-20-2016, 02:17 PM   #1
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Is 5 -13/16" to uncomfortably short for a riser height?
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Old 03-20-2016, 02:30 PM   #2
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I'd call it borderline "just don't feel right".
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Bit smaller than normal, but try a really long tread -- like, 14/16" -- and see how the mockup feels. (I suspect it'd be good.)
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There are a few formulas out there, but 2X riser height + tread width ~ 26" isn't too bad. From that you'd be looking at a 13-14" tread....
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little short but you can make it work. what is the total rise.
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Here's the deal I have a 44.5" let in for my stairs and am married to a 29" total rise. I could go with a 7.25" rise but I'd have to eliminate a tread. All it would mean is the pavers at the landing would have to jog into the space where the step would be. Here's my set of plans.

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I'm not framing them the framing contractor is. But I'm cutting him the pattern because judging by his work I don't trust him. Here's both stringers I'm going to ask the HO to chime in.
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Bit smaller than normal, but try a really long tread -- like, 14/16" -- and see how the mockup feels. (I suspect it'd be good.)
Can't be a longer tread due to size of decking material. 11.25" is perfect
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There are a few formulas out there, but 2X riser height + tread width ~ 26" isn't too bad. From that you'd be looking at a 13-14" tread....
I'm married to 29" total rise there's no wiggle on that.
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How old are the homeowners? I'd rather have fewer treads and a higher rise but older folks might appreciate the lower rise.
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Is 5 -13/16" to uncomfortably short for a riser height?
I rebuilt back steps for my wife (some difficulty with her knees)
was 4 risers/3 treads at 7.5" x 12"
now 6 riser/5 treads at 5" x 12" .

She loves the steps (and me) though I find them a little uncomfortable.

We are - umm - over 40.
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I thought I'd throw it out there to see what you guys thought. I think code is 4" - 7 3/4". I believe whatever I go with, I'm going to need to get the HO to own the decision.
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is 5 -13/16" to uncomfortably short for a riser height?
for what application.. Deck? How many? Would be fine. I've used 2x6 as riser ht that way i can just use 1-deck board as facia riser. Which will actually give a 6.5" riser.
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i thought i'd throw it out there to see what you guys thought. I think code is 4" - 7 3/4". I believe whatever i go with, i'm going to need to get the ho to own the decision.
4" is min. You'll see them in government bldgs etc granit steps.
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4" is min. You'll see them in government bldgs etc granit steps.
Just one more reason I hate visiting gummint buildings.
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Comfortable walking stairs --- Rise + Run= 17.5" never fails if you have the room for the total run.
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for what application.. Deck? How many? Would be fine. I've used 2x6 as riser ht that way i can just use 1-deck board as facia riser. Which will actually give a 6.5" riser.
Yes, for a deck with a total rise of 29". 6.5" is a good height but 5 13/16 is pushing it. One things for certain it would save me 300 bucks to go with 7 1/4" risers. Although as mentioned before it would reduce the set by one tread and they wouldn't reach the end of the let-ing/cutout area for the set of steps.

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