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post #1 of 7 Old 02-10-2015, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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External Staircase - Would like some advice

I have a job coming up to make and fit a staircase. I've done this plenty of times before but I've never made one that goes OUTSIDE.

The property is a house with an apartment built into the side of it. The existing stairs have rotten away so I've been tasked with building some new ones.

Is there anything I should watch out for considering this stair case is going to be outside? I hate it when I do a job without having ALL the information so I'm just hoping you guys can give me some advice/tips even if they seem obvious.

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I prefer to use pressure treated pine on a project like that. The problem is unless you have a source to get dry wood you have to wait a couple months before painting it. Sometimes a little lumber company will have old inventory which has set for long enough you can paint it immediately after it is constructed.
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It would probably have to be a softwood of some sort anyway because in the UK any hardwood is a premium material and average homeowner literally can't afford it. Sad but true!

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Make sure you pour a concrete pad or footing for the stringers to set on.You don't want any wood,,even pressure treated to have contact with the ground and you don't want the stringers to settle.
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What hardwoods would you say are especially weatherproof?

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Teak would be the most weatherproof however very expensive. White oak would probably the best affordable wood.
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Ipe would work and be less expensive than some others.It is used a lot these days in deck and stair building.
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