Another way to avoid injuries when using stairs is to have a regular maintenance check-up. This only means that the stairs and its parts should be routinely checked to see if anything is missing, broken, and in need of repair. Poor maintenance of stairs can lead to all kinds of stair injuries. A missing baluster could be a potential danger for small children using the stairs, they could easily fall through the space where the missing baluster is located. A wobbly hand rail could spell disaster for those who hugely rely on them for balance and support, especially for the elderly, handicapped, and even small children. A loose stair tread is a major site for trips and mishaps. Anything found to be in need of repair should be fixed immediately. Anything beyond repair should be replaced and dealt with as soon as you can. All of these may seem tedious work, but will be well worth it. Always remember that having your stair injuries treated is more expensive than replacing or fixing your broken stairs.
Building stairs is one of the most challenging, time consuming building projects for most builders. Not all stair construction methods are equal. Some are much more user friendly and cost effective than others. Of course, in this economy, you need to save every penny on your deck stairs, basement stairs, or interior stairs. It’s interesting that many people with minimal experience are willing to tackle a simple deck project for the first time, but hit a brick wall when it comes to building stairs. It just seems complicated and out of reach for people with little or no experience. The good news is "you can build that stair".
Other codes address "rail post support" safety. A rail post per code regulations is required to support a lateral load of 200 lbs. This is a poorly enforced area of the code and with many inspectors content with the bump test. If it doesn’t move too much when they bump it with their hip, the rail will pass inspection. Many rail posts are simply lagged or nailed to the rim joists and post which are mounted directly to the deck surface will simply not meet code. The tragedy is, there are systems available on the market that correctly address this problem. Simpson, USP and Deck-Loc have brackets which will meet code for rim joist attachment but there’s only one adjustable bracket system (discussed below) which will meet code for wood or composite stairs.
Compare Prices: Compare the price of a new stair lift and a used stair lift. If you purchase a rebuilt or refurbished stair lift, then likely the only difference will be the warranty and the price. Most new stair lifts are covered by very extensive warranties, but used stair lifts might only have a 6 months warranty. If the price difference is not too great, then it might be a good idea to pay a little extra to get the full 5 or 10 year warranty that most stair lifts come with. Make certain you contact the dealer if the length of the warranty of the used stair lift is not listed.
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