How to build some simple and cheap wooden steps.
First, steps can be tricky, and people can fall even if you do
everything right. So this is meant to be simple plans, for simple
wooden steps. For big stairs, long runs or other difficult situations,
Ok, your porch is 2-3 feet off the ground and jumping is becoming a
drag. Allow time to build some simple steps, generally a weekend.
These steps were build with 2 ten foot 2X12's, 2 six foot treated 4x4's, two bags of ready-mix concrete, two post bases, and 3 six foot pre-cut stringers.
If you do not have stringers you can buy precut ones at your local build
it center. They seem a little pricey until you try to cut your own.
You'll probably make a lot of fire wood out the the attempts to make
the runner. The stringers should be either redwood or treated wood.
Unless you can somehow not make ground contact, then you can use fir or
pine. (In our area the treated wood is a hazardous material, you
can't burn it or just throw it away.)
There are a number of sites that show you how to cut and create the risers/tread/stringers, no matter what they say, unless you've done it many times before, it sucks.
You can buy one of the expensive pre-cut stringers and us it as a template for the others if you wish to save money. Or go cheap and use only two stringers instead of three.
Risers should not be more than 8-1/4 inches high, and the tread needs to at least 9 1/2 deep.
If you have old steps there that are still kind of working, great! The
stringers are the hard part. Try to keep what's left of them intact, go
so far as removing everything but the stringers and labeling each with a
Also not the the new support posts have been set before the old was removed. They should have been a little further back, maybe the front of the second step.