Do I need a handrail?

nicole__April 16, 2010

We built this deck 3 years ago. I don't think code dictates we have to have a railing because there's a wall to one side.....right? But.....should we have a hand rail? Would it help an elderly person get up and down our deck....OR.....they could use the wall as balance? There are 22 steps. Asthetically....would it look boxed in? Is it unnecessary? What would "YOU" do? (It would be wrought iron "IF" we install one.)

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john_hyatt

Code,in America, defentley dictates in a strong manor that project will have a handrail.

Reread. Agin. What is nessesary is not part of your question far as Code goes. J.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2010 at 6:53PM
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worthy

Landscape stairs are often not required to adhere to any building code. See, for e.g., here (at 3) in Callifornia.

However, from your pic, it's impossible to see if the stairs can be defined as landscape stairs. A call to your local municipal buildings department and you'll know the rules for sure.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2010 at 12:47PM
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nicole__

Worthy.....the top of the stairs end/begin in my lawn! Not attached to anything.....!!! I read the building code you posted....doesn't look like a handrail is required by code? I planted bushes next to the open side on the left of the picture....was hoping a hedge would box it in....some day. :0) On the deck itself there is a railing, since the deck is suspended.

Thank you!!!

    Bookmark   April 18, 2010 at 8:01PM
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john_hyatt

Very nice rail system. J.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2010 at 10:00PM
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nicole__

john_hyatt....thanks....here's another pic...

    Bookmark   April 18, 2010 at 10:51PM
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john_hyatt

Now that could get a little ulgy.

Mabey the rail looks good but dosent work all that well. They must just walk up the stone stair. You really do need rail and a gate. J.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2010 at 6:32AM
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nicole__

The bears were climbing around the railing ends, that's been fixed. My question is about needing a hand rail down the stairs.....focus!!!!! :0)

    Bookmark   April 19, 2010 at 8:59AM
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john_hyatt

OK OK already,,pushy kinda Folk you are.

I vote put the handrail on. The thing looks good and takes a nice picture but its a total injury just waiting for the right bad time. You,Me, The Code Book, and the unsteady Person knows it needs a handrail. Get your Iron worker out there.

Also sight in the 30/ 30 and go for a head shot that black one looks real Tasty, Bear on Grill Hmmmmmmmmmm.

J.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2010 at 7:42PM
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nicole__

Here ya go John.....I don't like bear meat...

    Bookmark   April 19, 2010 at 8:32PM
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john_hyatt

Yummmmmmmmm O.

That coat would make a nice blanket on my Harley.

JonMon

    Bookmark   April 19, 2010 at 9:23PM
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