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International Building Code - Safety And Construction

The International Building Code provides builders in the construction industry with safety rules and regulations. In other words, a group of people got together and created a few rules to make the buildings you occupy as safe as possible.

Most cities and counties throughout the United States have Building and Safety Departments that use Building Inspectors to enforce Building Codes. I might have overused the word building in that last sentence, but these rules are there to protect us and most of them fall into the category of common sense.

Here's an example of one building code that has to do with variations in your stair steps. To learn more about building codes, click on a few of the links below.

Four Step Stairway Example 1: The bottom riser is 7 inches, the second riser is 7 inches, the third riser is 7 inches, the fourth riser is 7 inches but the fifth riser is 7 1/2 inches. There is more than 3/8 of an inch variation and this particular stairway wouldn't pass most building inspections.


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