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timber steps

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by ipm, Jan 8, 2003.

  1. ipm

    ipm LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 264

    I have a job coming up and it involves timber steps. I have experience with retaining walls, but I have never built a flight of steps. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Support structure and so on. Thanks in advance.
  2. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,742

    There are a lot of different situations that require different ways to handle them. If it is a simple situation - just going up a slope, one easy and nice looking way is to make solid timber treads and simply over lap them up the slope. You can turn them or just go straight. It won't work in every situation, but it is pretty versatile.

    Cut the timbers to the width that you want the steps to be. put one atop another and fasten them together. Add another and then another. Lay it over, put it at the bottom of the slope, level it out. Repeat for each step overlaping them and fastening them. You can gently turn them if you want. When you are done you'll have a very clean looking solid wood set of steps.

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