Concrete Stairs, June 30, 2015

I am trying something new here….I took a photo yesterday on my phone and uploaded it to the blog via an app.  Now I am editing the post on my computer as writing on the phone is a pain.

Although the picture seems to be a little large, you can scroll down to see what I am trying to illustrate.  I saw these concrete stairs that show some of the details we try to teach you in the “Columns, Beams (and Stairs)” and in the “Stairs” modules.

In the first case, take a look at how the treads of the stairs slope to the front. For exterior stairs this is a necessary part of a successful construction for the simple reason that we want to shed the water off of the stairs.  Otherwise there will be an accumulation, and in our climate, there will be ice as the temperature drops.

In the second case, take a look at the nosing on the stairs.  In concrete stair construction, this is quite difficult to do well, but these stairs almost look as if they were made out of wood.  A really well done stairway!

Let me know if this method of posting works for you!


About jhcarpentry

I am a teacher in the Construction Carpentry Program at the Chateauguay Valley Career Education Centre (CVCEC) for the New Frontiers School board. This blog is a way for me to connect with my students.
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2 Responses to Concrete Stairs, June 30, 2015

  1. Batman says:

    How do you make that rounded lip? And happy Canada Day!

    • jhcarpentry says:

      In all probability, the form would have the lip integrated into it. Likely the formwork would have been made of fiberglass risers. And happy day after Canada day to you!


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