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I agree with @Isherwood: Either a stairway has four or more risers, or it does not. The former requires a rail; the latter does not. However, you can partially mitigate the visual intrusion of the rails into the space by using a starting step:


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No. It's all or nothing. Imagine a visually-impaired person (or someone in the dark) coming down your stairs and the rail ends. What's the assumption? That they've reached the bottom. That can end badly.


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It looks like Georgia revises its building code frequently. I didn't find a revision for 2005, but the 2006 edition was OCR scanned and published here. In section 1009.3, there is this: 1009.3 Stair treads and risers Stair riser heights shall be 7 inches (178 mm) maximum and 4 inches (102 mm) minimum. Stair tread depths shall be 11 inches (279 mm)...


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For all of the questions you asked: Consult your town's building department (or equivalent if it goes by a different name where you are from). They should be able to pull the permit history for your home if requested and tell you what type of electrical work requires a permit. If you find the that work was done without a permit: If you are solely ...



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