Measuring Staircase

Okay everyone, it's time to put your thinking caps on and pay attention. Hopefully you haven't skipped ahead and are following the simple stair building instructions, in order.

If you have a set of building plans, hopefully you won't need to figure out how many stair treads or risers you need, but you will need to verify the amount of stair treads and risers, to make sure that everything works out, per plans.

It's not uncommon to have an architect or building designer provide you with incorrect measurements. If you're stairway doesn't meet local building codes and could create construction problems, then you should contact your architect, engineer or contractor, for more information.

Important Stair Measuring Tip

What I'm about to tell you is very important and I've been doing it for years, with excellent results. I always measure everything twice, especially my total stairway run and rise. I write these numbers down and double check every calculation I make, to verify that they're correct, before moving to the next step.

I don't care how many times you need to read the upper paragraph again, but this construction tip, for measuring staircases, could create a lot of frustration and cost you a lot of money, if it isn't followed.

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