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How do I figure out stair treads and risers?

Filed under: Ask a Contractor by News Staff at 11:59 pm on September 27, 2005

Can I measure in inches and use a Calculator?

Q: I am building a wooden deck and have a general idea about how to build stairs. I want to get each step and riser to be exactly the same, but my calculator does not convert decimal numbers to fractions. I want to experiment with different sizes, please help.

A: If your calculator does not convert to inches, or fractions of inches, use the chart below, and follow these easy steps.

  • Measure total rise from ground to top of landing.In this example we will use 3'6" rise. ...[read more]


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