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Sanding with or against the grain doesn't matter much until the last sanding stage, if that. Lots of us use random-orbit sanders which sand in all directions at once, and that works Just Fine. The first sanding pass, with the coarsest grit sandpaper, does most of the work of levelling the surface; ideally, it should leave you with no scratches larger than ...


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I can't speak for specific codes but have remodeled houses in at least 15 different counties and a few countries. No inspector would ever let me have french doors opening to either a drop-off or guard rail. There is exactly no way around this. You must have a proper step off on all doors, whether they will be used or not. If you don't want wide stairs ...


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Model building codes rarely have exemptions for less used doors. However, a myriad of model building code compliant configurations is possible provided that among other things: The overall configuration of doors and stairs complies with all the requirements for landings at both doors. The overall configuration complies with the requirements for guards and ...


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If the door can be opened, it must have a landing on the outside, minimally 36"X36", but in your case, it must be the width of the doors X 36" deep from the house. You can put a guard rail in front of the inactive one, then have a smaller landing. That will look a little odd in my opinion though.


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Yes this is no big deal. Given that you might want to glue them anyway to reduce squeaking. If you have big glue pieces hit it with a putty knife but don't need to spend a ton of time on it.



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