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Old 10/5/12, 10:17 AM
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Default Exterior Step/Handrail Question

I did an inspection yesterday and the home had an interesting set of steps from the basement to the rear yard. My concern is the handrails, what do you all think? Does this look OK or should more handrails be added ?


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Old 10/5/12, 10:20 AM
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OK by me.



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Old 10/5/12, 10:36 AM
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No additional railing is required. My only comment would be to the rail-end. It should be turned into the wall or blocked.



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Old 10/5/12, 10:53 AM
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Thanks Joe and Jeff. Good catch Jeff, I did note that.

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Old 10/5/12, 11:00 AM
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Not a fan of the sloped landing up top.
Is that a trip hazard?
(see upper right ,1st picture)
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Old 10/5/12, 11:08 AM
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Not a fan of the sloped landing up top.
Is that a trip hazard?
(see upper right ,1st picture)
Its a big flat level concrete patio.

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Its a big flat level concrete patio.

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I'd be more concerned with the lack of adequate fall protection around the stair well opening.


But that may not be an easy call.



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I'd be more concerned with the lack of adequate fall protection around the stair well opening.


But that may not be an easy call.
BINGO, that was my original concern.




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Old 10/5/12, 11:22 AM
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I'd be more concerned with the lack of adequate fall protection around the stair well opening.


But that may not be an easy call.
Aren't the tops of all stairs usually open? That's what makes all stairs dangerous to some degree. If you want to be perfectly safe, sit in your room and don't ever go out of it. Life has risks.



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Old 10/5/12, 11:56 AM
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Aren't the tops of all stairs usually open? That's what makes all stairs dangerous to some degree. If you want to be perfectly safe, sit in your room and don't ever go out of it. Life has risks.
That's why I said it was not easy.

Yes stairs are dangerous but drop poorly protected drop offs even more so.

maybe you don't call out poor balcony guard rails either.

You tell me.



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Looks like a high gloss paint, might recommend 3M-Safety walk Treads
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www.us.ecoglo.com.
There is also a small course I took on it in 2004.
For this application I would recommend it and a Railing in the middle.

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Old 10/14/12, 4:05 PM
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I'd be more concerned with the lack of adequate fall protection around the stair well opening.


But that may not be an easy call.
Good point as we write up a 4.5 inch baluster gap while this is OK.
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