My outside stairs rotted out and broke. How do I build new ones?
Hi Susan. Here are some great directions... https://www.wikihow.com/Build-Stairs
Lumber Yards have ready made stringers (the wood on the sides that holds the actual step). Take your stair height and length to the store and ask someone to guide you for which ones to buy. They are easy to install with new metal brackets to hold them to the house. Then just cut hefty boards for the steps, and screw in place. Make sure you put a paver or flat stone under the bottom of the stringer so the wood doesn't rot touching the soil.
We have looked at them but the ready made ones are not long enough to do as far as we need it to go. I thought about buying one to use as a template and make one myself but was told it wouldn't work. We do/did have the post that went down on cement blocks. What rotted was the wooden rails themselves. Could have been from the prior owner had outdoor carpet on them which I assume held the moisture and accelerated the rotting process.
You can purchase green treated stair stringers like these.