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Forum topic by AlaskaGuy posted 07-06-2019 11:31 PM 959 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-06-2019 11:31 PM

Building stairs without stringers.

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#1 posted 07-06-2019 11:39 PM

I like his channel and his work, but I would definitely check local building codes before doing something like that.

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#2 posted 07-07-2019 01:42 AM

Doesn’t make sense to me either. What a waste of wood, rod, time, etc. And IMHO those are just platforms all bolted together. Platforms don’t really have pizzazz, ya know?

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#3 posted 07-07-2019 02:29 AM

I agree, Will. Unless you are sitting on a pile of cutoffs, it is a huge waste of lumber. The only reason I can see for him doing it this way is his 15” run he mentioned. But not sure why he wants such a long run either.

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#4 posted 07-07-2019 02:41 AM

Geezz..guys. It’s just a design thing. Nothing there to understand.

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#5 posted 07-07-2019 01:26 PM

IMO …he said floating he better look that word up in dictionary ….. only because they do not look floating to me :<(((((((((((

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#6 posted 07-07-2019 02:19 PM

This is what people do who don’t have a clue as to how to cut stringers.


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#7 posted 07-07-2019 03:14 PM

How to calculate width of the board for the stringer if we know the run, riser and the angle?

Update: I found the answer: ”There should be at least 5 in. of stringer stock left at the back after cutting the notches.”

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#8 posted 07-07-2019 03:22 PM

This is what people do who don t have a clue as to how to cut stringers.

- a1Jim

I’m sure he has a clue how to cut a stringer…

I don’t see a problem with what he did. He wanted to be different. The steps look cool to me.
It doesn’t matter how much wood was involved, to say it’s a waste, it’s not. He used the wood to perform the function he wanted, so no wood was wasted.
I really don’t see why it is getting so much gruff. To him it was a technical challenge and he made it happen.
Nothing but kuddo’s from me.

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#9 posted 07-07-2019 03:34 PM

Why would his design be better than the normal stringer construction? Waste of wood.

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#10 posted 07-07-2019 03:35 PM

Youtubers have put themselves in a pickle they just cannot be normal or simple . Got to keep the views don’t want to lose subscribers.
Someday someone going to take his work apart. I doubt they will be wowed most likely they will be scratching their head.
So over complicated for a reason that may not exist anymore.
After we find the cure for the YouTube ego extension illness. :)
Good luck to everyone. Stay small

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#11 posted 07-07-2019 03:44 PM

A different approach to a age old process. I probably would not do it that way, but that being said, I’m sure that he knows how to build a conventional set of steps, but chose to show an alternative way. Different, but not necessarily wrong or right. They will certainly be strong enough. An interesting concept.

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#12 posted 07-09-2019 08:17 AM

From a purely aesthetic viewpoint, this design isn’t anything new at all. But it’s very poorly executed and looks like ass.

From a structural design, code, labor and material usage standpoint, it’s an epic failure…..I’ve built a stair or two.

Mind you….he did throw down full disclosure near the beginning of the video and said he had no clue what he was doing.

It shows.

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#13 posted 07-09-2019 11:42 AM

Glad he stated it wouldn’t fly if there was a code to be maintained. His smirk that he could thumb his nose at building code because it was his place is simplistic at best. He is also saying he will never sell the place. An inspection by a barely competent inspector would nix a finance deal. If he skates on this, you would have to think he has passed on other areas too.

I used to get $$$$$$ from these folks, to repair the crap they built so they could sell the house. IOW life is too short to try to build without code, and or permits. It really does come back on you in the end.

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#14 posted 07-10-2019 05:01 PM

Indeed looks wastful… but certainly no lack of strength. Would doubt the inspector could really claim it is ‘unsafe’... though if they wanted to be a jerk, the can always say it has to be torn out.

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#15 posted 07-10-2019 05:58 PM

what’s to figure out..
that’s a problem in search of a solution.
as he walks up the steps saying “feels solid to me”.. every step is flexing..

higher cost, more complicated, takes more time… than stringers..

-- only an idiot dismisses an intelligent statement because they dont know anything about the person delivering it.

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