All of the building codes for stairs in one video! How to build stairs

Published 2020-02-06
Do you need the building codes for residential stairs? If so, this is the video for you! Builder and contractor Erik Perkins goes through all of the codes for stairs from the 2018 international code book (ICC) residential. Learn how to build safe stairs that will pass code without buying the code book.

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All Comments (21)
  • I really appreciate this video! I am planning to build a loft in my garage and learned a lot from this video. Thanks.
  • Daniel MacLellan
    Nice work! I love your quick and concise videos. Your format is much more enjoyable than other long and drawn out videos that most others employ.
  • De Fido Sole
    LOVE LOVE LOVE the detailed information about code! Please more of these for all the things! Electrical, plumbing, insulation, and more!
  • actionsportster
    Can you make a video on stair railing construction? Not necessarily on code requirements, but fastening methods for things like base shoe and fillet, spindles, etc.
  • James Biggar
    That's assuming the ICC is applicable in a person's region - in Canada we use our own national building code as a standard. From that, municipalities adopt or develop their own codes, and is what the inspector for that area will want to see when it's finished. Stair location can play a factor in different regions too, ie: indoor vs deck stairs. Some codes call for an 11" tread for outside stairs while indoor is 10". Some call for 10" treads in both cases. You covered the basics for stair building, but people should really consult LOCAL code requirements before building them. If they're doing it professionally, as a contractor or a handyman, then they should definitely spend the $ on a code book that's applicable for their region. A certified journeyman should already have one from school to begin with...
  • Great information and delivered well considering how dry the content happens to be!! Good job Eric!
  • Spencer Hill
    Max riser height in the 2018 irc code book is 7¾" not 8¼". No allowance for a ¾" variance in the top and bottom riser either. All risers must be within ⅜" of each other . You may have a local or state amendment that allows 8¼". Also minimum tread depth on a winder is 6". This could cause a big headache for somebody. R311.7.5.1 is the code section for riser heights
  • Bent&Twisted
    38 year Carpenter here, I allow absolutely no variance building my staircases, there's nothing worse and there's no excuse! The only problem with extensive knowledge in building staircases is, you're the one that always builds them! 😳 As always, good video!
  • Its amazing how often i have seen Stair builds that are not code built for people. This is great reminder to check and read your code book
  • kellan jaduram
    Great video! Here in fiji we don't do many wooden stairs, mostly concrete and we don't have a $200 code book either. Good information either way.
  • Mike Adams
    Always a pain explaining to homeowners how important choosing finish flooring material is. One inspector where we work sometimes lives a does by that finish floor to finish floor 👍
  • Curtis Burnham
    Just saved me a ton of work and a failed Inspection with the overall length at 147. Thank you sir!
  • Howard T
    Good information summed up nicely. You guys are the best!
  • John Russell
    I like this video, and I agree when they are shorter in length they just "feel" better, but, I would have liked to have seen some additional examples emphasizing the points of the code being explained. Scene changes and topic changes, (perhaps to the point at hand, "nose to nose, head height, landings, etc."), can make a longer video feel just as "comfortable"....Long winded talkie talkie talkie videos can get looonnnng in short order. Thanks for the info!+++
  • Hue Janus
    I make a lot of outdoor stairs ( decks, balconies), i try to aim for 6" max (5"ideal) rise per step with an 11"+ tread. Very comfortable for any age to use.
  • Sonya's World
    Learned something new about measurements on stairs, thank you.
  • Keith Tomczyk
    Hand rail height = 34"-38" from top edge of nosings vertically to top of hand rail,and all hand rails must return to wall at top and bottom.
  • thor eric
    it's fun to see how all the intros have grown. Super creative guy Erik!
  • Jesse Wilkinson
    Great video! I didn't see a reference to this so there may not be a code on it but is there a recommended distance from the bottom or top of the stairs to a wall? For instance, when you come to the bottom of your stairs in a basement and your wall is in front of you, how far would you recommend for the distance between the last step and the wall for good clearance? Thanks.
  • J Morr
    For winders, the 2018 ICC R311.7.5.2 states tread depth shall not be less than 10” within walkline and not less than 6” at any point within the clear width. The 4” and 9” is a North Carolina code change. Great video explaining the code for stairs. Very helpful for builders and inspectors alike!