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Basement steps too narrow and too steep

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Posted by: from Southfield
5/1/2011 at 4:08:00 PM

Who would I call to explore possible alternatives to too narrow and too steep basement steps? I'm not sure what is possible or feasible.

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Date/Time5/1/2011 at 5:16:33 PM

Lynn,

Check with your local building department; to see what rules/codes they have incorporated.

I hope that the information below will help you, but it is very important.

The *IBC or most codes says the following:

All stairways shall be built of materials consistent with the types permitted for

the type of construction of the building, except that wood handrails shall be permitted for all types of construction.

Stair riser heights shall be 7 inches maximum and 4 inches minimum this two can vary in your area. Stair tread depths shall be 11 inches minimum.

Chapter 10 of the IBC is titled "Means of Egress" and covers the standards for stairways in two separate sections.

* The International Building Code (IBC) is a set of model ordinances that is available for adoption and use by any municipal governmental jurisdictions worldwide.

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