Come on. Take it easy with throwing around the "hack" label.We do footers for the stairs, anything else is hackery. Then we pour a small pad in front of the stairs
We just did a 16' box step and I hung it the same way we hang stringers, 16ga bulk roll strapping. 12-16 inches for a box step, 18-22 inches for stringers.On a side note, what do you guys do for waterfall steps when it's only one or two steps?
High water tables and loamy soil. If the base was done right, then there isn't any problem.We did 100's of decks with stairs landing on the 4" slab, and we still doing it that way. There is never a single issue.
With that said, have you ever seen a sidewalk heave, never... It will sink or roots will lift it up, but it will never heave due to frost, unless of course the base was never tampered and someone did a half fast job, then and only then it might.
They require things they don't understand themselves.Around here building code states that any stringer over 3 steps requires a footing.