|Project by ever4ward||posted 05-17-2014 02:04 AM||1425 views||3 times favorited||13 comments|
This was a complicated projected for me and a great opportunity to expand my skill set. The only location for the pet door on an exterior wall was nearly 4’ above grade. I have never laid out or cut stair stringers before so that was a big challenge. We live in New Hampshire and this past winter several neighbors had frost heaves under stair landings that made stairs and doors unusable. So my challenge was to cantilever the entire stair unit from the foundation so it would be a few inches off the ground AND not penetrate the vinyl siding with the exception of the pet door.
I built and assembled the entire structure on the driveway to insure it was a structurally stable unit then installed it in sections about 3 inches off the ground. We will spread yard lime on the dirt and cover with 3 inches of mulch to help with odors. The dogs didn’t quite know what to make of 4” stair risers at first but after a couple of days they all go up and down with no problem. My proudest moment was when my neighbor asked me what I was building and I showed him the plans. He noted that my plans indicated the unit would be 45 1/4” from bottom of stairs to top of deck and we pulled a tape and it was dead on! I think it is an attractive solution to the problem of allowing 3 chihuahua dogs easy access to the outdoors in an area of tightly spaced homes. At least 6 houses have a view of my backyard so I didn’t want an ugly or badly proportioned stair.
I used a circle saw for most of the cuts but each cut was then hand planed on a shooting board to insure accurate joints. I hand cut and chiseled the stair stringers. I assembled it with screws and attached it to the foundation with concrete screws.
-- can you make anything from those shavings?