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    Question Yard Steps

    This is an 04 home and apparently the AHJ doesn't have a problem with the steps in the front yard with no handrail. What do you think?

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    Default Re: Yard Steps

    Not positive but from my experience I don't think most/if any around here would address that without a complaint. Around here they mostly look at the actual house. I would recommend a rail though.

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    Default Re: Yard Steps

    Having (3) or more steps, it should have a handrail.

    My experience is most AHJ's don't require them though.

    Its usually not an issue till Grandma slips on some ice and breaks a hip and then someone asks "Why is there not a handrail on these steps?" Hopefully its not an attorney.

    rick


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    Default Re: Yard Steps

    They are included in the code, but most people do not follow it through to include them - sometimes I forget to follow it through to include them , but they are included.

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    Default Re: Yard Steps

    I find these kind of things are installed by the builder or new owner after the final inpection was completed.

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    Last edited by Ron Bibler; 07-06-2009 at 03:25 PM.

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    Default Re: Yard Steps

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Bibler View Post
    I find these kind of things are installed by the build or new owner after the final inapect was completed.

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    Ron
    I gotta ask. What is an inapect???

    Well, if they fall to the side they have nice fluffy grass to fall on so as Grama is crying in pain from breaking her hip she will be comfortable.


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