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It looks like it has been repaired before but not correctly. Without putting my eyes on it of course I would go the route mentioned in earlier post. However if looking to save money you could also drill 1/2" holes insert 1/4 rebar after you fill it with liquid nail. Clean any excess immediately. Then simply reparge all the steps. You would have to drill to ...
I'd remove the wooden post, do a full repair of the broken step, and install a bolt-on steel or aluminum post with a vinyl cover on the step below. Of course, this requires a rebuild of your rail assembly to extend it, but it should be full-length anyway.
I use galvanized chain link end posts set in 100 lbs.of concrete. They sell special clamps the fit the round post that allow you to fasten treated 2x4's to it. (Home Depot). Use the end posts as they are heavier gauge than regular line posts.(Lowes). Also galvanized hardware is a good idea. After all is set in the ground I go back and fill the posts with ...
Offgassing has never really been a concern with treated lumber. Direct skin contact and ingestion were concerns with CCA treatment, and to a lesser degree with the products that have replaced it. As long as you're not spending a lot of time in contact with wet wood, and as long as your pets and family members aren't gnawing on it, I wouldn't be concerned.
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