Securing open staircase - install risers?


Old 10-12-08, 06:44 AM
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Securing open staircase - install risers?


We have an open staircase (no riser) and with our little girl on the verge of crawling, we would like to secure the stairs (this would of course be in addition to having a gate)

How hard is it to install risers? Have you seem other approaches to secure such stairs without installing risers (we like the open feel of our stairs and would like to keep it that way as long as it does not compromise safety).

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Old 10-12-08, 06:56 AM
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Have you thought about installing a bar across the opening between the stringers. Size it to the same code requirements as the opening for balusters. A centered 1 inch dowel might work.
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