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    John,

    That's not the main stair is it?

    That handrail is more 'fireman's pole' at the station house than a 'handrail'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Peck View Post
    John,
    That's not the main stair is it?
    Why, yes it is.
    Like I said: "100 year old row house".

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    John, was that house a trinity? I've seen similar handrails in those spiral staircases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Ostrowski View Post
    John, was that house a trinity? I've seen similar handrails in those spiral staircases.
    Yep. And no way to reach the flat-ish 3-story roof except straight up from the ground, dang it.
    Client was very understanding about that, unlike some people.

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    This spiral staircase has a similar pole. This was in a 70's A-frame house. Roof starts at ground level.

    Sounds like the camera on a pole might have been helpful on that inspection. I use a cheap Fuji camera that has a 10 sec timer, or you can shoot a little video, pole out the window.

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    I tell people to look it as the "glass is half full" - It's not a bad staircase.... it's a REALLY nice ladder


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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kogel View Post
    This spiral staircase has a similar pole.
    John,

    The difference with that spiral staircase is that it has a handrail (not counting that center-pole handrail), whereas the one John posted does not have any other handrail.

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    That's life in the land of old houses for you.

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    I'd hate to be the one trying to move furniture in or out of that upper level. I guess that's where knock-down furniture comes in. Just no couches or box-spring matresses.

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    Nice shoes


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