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Either method is fine so it becomes a matter of taste and skill. The first method is the overhang bullnose style, which is the most common. I believe you are using the Trex style grooved decking that utilizes the invisible clips. The grooved boards are definitely not what you want to use for the bullnose or any outside edge, as the grooves will show. You ...
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:
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.
In case anyone is interested here are the finished steps. The contractor was able to reinstall the existing hand rails. They are a little corroded but a coworker suggested using marine jelly to remove the rust then we should be able to paint them. The contractor needed three days to remove the old steps and install the new steps. We paid an extra $500 for ...
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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