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dhtroy

07:44PM | 10/09/03
Member Since: 03/07/03
5 lifetime posts
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I have a small door box style entry way into my house, to which we had stairs connected. I had to repair some considerable wood damage and have since replaced the bottom joist on the front of the door box. Originally, the stairs were bolted onto the door box directly through the cedar siding and the asphalt board under that. Obviously, since no one could get to the underlying boards, the ceader rotted out as well, due to lack of maintenance.

My question now is, should I bolt the new stairs (all PT wood) directly to the new joist (also PT), or should I place some kind of water resistant backer between the two? I'm just wondering if I mount the two PT boards together and some water gets down between them, how much of an issue will this cause? I plan to add a drip strip over the top of the new joist, and I could seal the seam of the two boards with caulk, but again, some advise, information, is welcome.

Thank you for your time!

Mark Hammond

11:09AM | 10/11/03
Member Since: 05/09/01
246 lifetime posts
Hi there,
Since there are many local names for different things in the building field, tell me first what you mean by door box......MJH

Altereagle

11:37AM | 10/11/03
Member Since: 12/27/02
545 lifetime posts
Use framing angles if you can get to the stringers or if you can't you'll need to fasten a 4x4 to the joisting to get the top riser down to where you can use angles, or I even have used H2.5 clips.. havwe a look at the stair tutorial on my site:
http://www.altereagle.com/Barn_deck_stai.html

dhtroy

04:07PM | 10/13/03
Member Since: 03/07/03
5 lifetime posts
Mark,

The "Door box" is a cantilever box where the front door is, that extends off the front of the house over the deck. To reduce the length of the stairs, we had the deck built lower than the door box and a smaller set of stairs that 'sit' on the deck and come up to the front door, which will be attached to the box.

If you need more details, just let me know,
D.

Mark Hammond

03:32PM | 10/16/03
Member Since: 05/09/01
246 lifetime posts
Stairs can be attached in several different ways depending on use and location. I will, in all honesty, some sort of pic or drawing if you can get it to me. This way I can be sure of my answer to you.....MJH
mark.hammond@bobvila.com

Altereagle

06:18PM | 10/17/03
Member Since: 12/27/02
545 lifetime posts
It's a simple cantelivered deck... doesn't get any more basic.
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