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Old 01-19-2012, 11:22 AM
 
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Default Building code: indoor stairs

Hello,

I have the residential codes book and cannot find the chapter on interior stairs. The codes dept. is less than helpful. Help please :-( If anyone has the interior residential stair building code, please can you share it?

I know risers have an 8 1/4" max, and railings a 36" max, but not sure of all the other specifics. I also know the difference between the height of any two stairs can't be more than 3/8".

Thank You
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Old 01-19-2012, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Weaverville
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You've got most of it down pretty good. I think the rail has to be between 30 and 34"( you have to know how to measure that) a tread nosing to project 1", Railing to not exceed 31/2" from wall and not be more than 2 5/8" wide, open sides of more than 30" in height shall have a rail, head height of no less than 6'-8". Thats about it. Hope it helps.
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Old 01-19-2012, 04:57 PM
 
Location: The Triad (nc)
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when you're done... can you come down here and do mine?
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Old 01-21-2012, 08:18 PM
 
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Widthe min 36" Treads max 10", risers max 7 3/4" as per the international residential code.
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Old 12-26-2013, 05:17 PM
 
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Oops, make that 10" minimum.
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Old 12-26-2013, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Full Time Resident of City of Asheville
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Also, handrail must have "returns" on ends to the walls, so as to prevent clothes getting caught. Stairs must be lighted with three-way switches.
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