Fire Escape! Before and after.. ME! ;)

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Project by oleCB posted 01-25-2011 03:44 AM 2464 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a project for my former landlord in Kansas City, MO. It is a 6 plex he has there.

As you can tell, the origanal railings were about to fall off. They had been patched until there was nothing left to patch onto!

It got really interesting when I tore down the old decks. The bottom floor decking was actually over an open area into the basement. I had to first build a roof under where the 1st floor deck would be.

This was a Firescape not a daily use stairway!

-- There was only one perfect carpenter... It wasn't me!

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#1 posted 01-25-2011 03:51 AM

very cool stairs, classy looking, adds character to the building.

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#2 posted 01-25-2011 04:04 AM

That is quite a statement for a fire escape! A big improvement.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#3 posted 01-25-2011 06:28 AM

Seems they “wood” burn up pretty fast in a fire. Just sayin.


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#4 posted 01-25-2011 09:08 AM

How did you get by the code of having an 1 1/2” rail ?

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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#5 posted 01-25-2011 03:51 PM


Because of the turns and different angles in them there was no viable way to get the railings inline. The rullng was, It is better than what was there.

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#6 posted 01-25-2011 05:36 PM

Nice job!! The wooden construction is what caught my eye. I remember a documentary with firefighters saying they prefer to see wood construction. They explained it by saying that a steel one might look safe, but will collapse without warning due to heat stresses, while a wood one, even if it has caught fire in places, will still support a substantial amount of weight for a longer time.

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#7 posted 01-25-2011 05:55 PM


I had forgotten about that. I do recall that an architectural drafting book I had in HS, showed a steel beam that had all but melted, it was hanging across a wooden beam after a fire!

Sides, it was wood that had been there for around 90 years. I’d think it mighta burned abit faster too.



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#8 posted 01-25-2011 06:02 PM

Cool stairs.

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#9 posted 01-25-2011 06:05 PM

Quite a project, Looks good ;)

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#10 posted 01-25-2011 07:23 PM

Okay dumb question. Why would a fire escape be made with a flamable material? It’s nice work mind you, just seems goofy to me is all…

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#11 posted 01-25-2011 08:38 PM

Well… I will try to explain. This is a 3 story 6-plex, a wood framed building. There is a hallway and main stairs inside. The idea of a secondary stair case is, “If there were a fire in the front side of the building and the people needed another away out, they have one! The inside stairway is all wood too! In most cases if there is a fire it will be on one side/end of the building at least to start with.

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#12 posted 01-25-2011 08:49 PM

There is another reason for the wood— in the event of a fire, wood burns on the outside – put a little water on them and they cool off. Steel and iron get hot – walking on them in bare feet or holding on with your hands, your skin will burn and stick to the hot metal – wood, not so much.

Wood doesn’t conduct electricity either – under normal circumstances, under 600 volts so as a rule it is not an active lightening rod where metal is.

You did a great job!

-- David in Palm Bay, FL

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