# What are stair stringers made of?

There are three main components in a typical staircase: stringers, treads and risers. Stringers, normally cut from 2x12s, are the angled boards that extend from the deck down to the ground.

Step-by-step

1. Clamp a guide to the square.
2. Find the crown.
3. Lay out the first tread and the second riser.
4. Lay out the second tread and the third riser.
5. Mark the back of the top tread.
6. Mark the plumb cut at the top of the stringer.
7. Lay out the bottom riser.
8. Adjust the first riser height.

Likewise, do stair stringers need support? It depends. Yes, the stringers need to be supported along their length, but they can span a few feet too, depending on 1) the width of the stairs, 2) the number of stringers, and 3) size of riser board. Then, the riser board is fastened to each stringer.

Also to know, how thick should stair stringers be?

If the stair treads are set into grooves routed into the stringer, in a 2x stringer the groove depth should be 1/2 the thickness of the stringer (typically 3/4″) and additional support by cleats or by gluing and end-screwing through the stringer sides into the treads is good practice.

Can you build stairs without stringers?

A traditional staircase built with stringers can be less than optimal for very wide stairs. Box steps instead are the preferred choice because they are simple and can be built to any length. If your deck is low and requires only a few stairs or even just one, then steps without stringers are the way to go.

### What is the formula for building stairs?

Determining the Rise You divide the height by 7 inches; if, say, the floor-to-floor distance is 8 feet, 10 inches (or 106 inches), then you’ll need 15 treads (106 divided by 7 equals 15.14). Next, you divide the height by the number of treads (15 into 106), producing the exact tread height (7.06 inches).

### How wide do stair stringers need to be?

Cut stringers can be spaced no more than 18 inches on center, so a 3-foot-wide staircase needs three stringers, and a set of slightly wider stairs (say 3 feet 6 inches) needs four stringers. The maximum 18-inch spacing presumes treads of 5/4-inch wood decking or 2-by stock.

### How do you figure out stair stringers?

Part 1 Calculating Rise and Run Determine the overall height of the stairs. Decide how tall each step will be. Divide the height of the stairs by the desired rise. Divide the height again by the number of steps. Multiply the number of steps by their desired width to find the run of the stairs.

### How do you attach stringers?

Use positive connections to install stair stringers using stair stringer connectors to the front face of the rim to provide adequate support. If your first tread steps down from the deck, you must extend the rim joist to create a solid surface below the deck rim to attach it to.

### How do you attach stair stringers to a deck?

Attach the stringers to the deck using angle brackets and 3” galvanized deck screws. Cut a 2×6 board to fit snugly between the two stringers at their base. This will be used to fasten the stairs to the concrete pad. Place the board between the stringers and attach to stringers with 3” galvanized deck screws.

### What is the stringer?

In journalism, a stringer is a freelance journalist, photographer, or videographer who contributes reports, photos, or videos to a news organization on an ongoing basis but is paid individually for each piece of published or broadcast work. The term is typically confined to news industry jargon.

### How tall is a 2 step Stringer?

The 2-step stair stringer is durable and perfect for building outdoor stairs. Riser height: 6-3/4 in., run height: 10 in.

### How do you measure steps?

Steps Measure the height, or “rise,” of the space you want to make stairs. Subtract 6–7 feet (1.8–2.1 m) from the total rise to account for headroom. Divide the rise by 6 or 7 inches (15 or 18 cm) to find the total number of stairs. Divide the rise by the number of stairs to find the individual stair rise.