Framing passes, inspection fails b/c of stairs.


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Old 10-10-13, 11:36 AM
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Framing passes, inspection fails b/c of stairs.

I just had my framing inspection. The framing passes however, my stairs do not have the required 6'8" clearance all the way down. The house itself was built back in 1960. Shouldn't this be grandfathered in? If not, how would I fix this? The stairs go down and there isn't much as far as things I can do about moving them.
 
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Did the inspector offer any advice where to get the additional room?

If not, I think we probably need to see some pictures.
 
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I've got a call into the inspection office to speak with him. Other than cutting the supports or making the stairs steeper there's not much I can do.
 
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Those are the pics...you can see where the problem arises...
 
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It probably depends on the inspector, and what you have changed. If you have questions, I would suggest you call the head of his department. Also, looking at the pics, I can't identify the problem without someone standing with a tape measure. the 6'8" rule is measured vertically from the stair nose (plumb up from the front edge of the stair tread). I can't make out any low headroom in the photos.
 
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It's right where that light 2x4 is.
 
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Were the same clearances as today required when the house was built? If not then you may have a fairly good case for grandfathering depending on the amount of remodeling that you have done. If today's requirements were also in force when the house was built then you may be SOL and need to do whatever is necessary to obtain those clearances.
 
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That's a good question. I'm not sure how to find that out though. Any suggestions?
 
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Just got off the phone with the inspector. Knowing the stairs were made in the 1960s, and that there are two egress points, he's going to reassess...now I just need to work out the insulation.
 
 

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