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Bottom step of deck dilemma --- suggestions?


Old 05-04-16, 09:01 AM
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Bottom step of deck dilemma --- suggestions?

I purchased my house last fall and had a deck built. The guys who built the deck didn't put a concrete pad or any kind of a landing at the bottom of the steps. When the city inspector came out to inspect the deck, he told me that I need something there because as it is, the stepdown is 9 inches while the steps are 6 inches from each other. The previous owner put a ton of pea gravel in the backyard play area, so I was thinking of building a patio with the pea gravel. Only problem is that 3" deficiency. That's a lot. I've never done this before. Any suggestions (other than having the deck builders come back). Thanks.
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Old 05-04-16, 09:12 AM
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You can place pre-cast concrete step stones or pavers. I've seen them 2" and 4" thick. You could also build a border and fill the interior with stone to get the height you need.
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What are the stair stringers setting on? Dirt? I hope he put them on piers. if you don't want to pour concrete, pavers are a good idea. If you don't want pavers... then the border idea is a good one... that way the border of your landing area could be made level, 6" from the tread... and the border will hold the gravel.

Personally I wouldn't want gravel right off the deck... some of it is sure to get tracked onto the deck which will eventually dent and scratch it.
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Also pea gravel will not compact.
If those stringers are just sitting in the dirt there going to settle and rot out.
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Thanks for the ideas, everyone. The guy who built the deck did put the step posts on piers and overall, the building inspector said the builder did a great job -- he just left too much distance between the bottom step and the ground. The inspector was the one who suggested moving some pea gravel over to the step area, but I definitely like the idea of pavers better. Thanks!
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I would suggest a concrete step at the correct height. Dig out so the step will be uniform thickness, build a form and place the concrete.
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IMO pouring a pad for the step is probably the best fix. If you go that route pull the bottom treads off the stringers for better access.

I once built a walkway with pea gravel. Not a good material for this purpose. As someone else posted - it doesn't compact. I ended up installing field stone and using a bit of the pea stone mixed with paver base to fill in between the stones.
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