Mounting Deck Stairs
Dedicated footings and the right hardware make a secure stringer attachment
Most deck stairs are cobbled onto the deck as afterthoughts. Veteran carpenter Mike Guertin explains the loads and codes applying to deck-stair connections. He provides a simple and stout detail for attaching the stairs to the deck using readily available metal framing hardware. Guertin also explains how he pours a concrete stair landing pad and how he attaches the bottom of the stairs to that. As a bonus, he details a rock-solid method of attaching the bottom railing posts to the stairs.