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gillespie
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Pre formed, either fiberglass or concrete steps

Has anybody used preformed concrete of fiberglass steps?
Thanks in advance.....Mike....


i1me2ao
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yes i have used both. i found no drawbacks in either. just make sure the base is well done..
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gillespie
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Thanks


bryanviper

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We have used concrete steps. They seems to be good just that they are very heavy you will need somebody to help you for sure and maybe even another guy would be wise.


gillespie
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I thought about that, so I'm kind of leaning towards the fiberglass. The height is only about 25in.


bryanviper

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said by gillespie:

I thought about that, so I'm kind of leaning towards the fiberglass. The height is only about 25in.
My dad ordered 4 steps. bottom being bigger and getting smaller on the way up. They were half hollow inside and they were dam heavy for both of us. So if the fiberglass is just as strong and can take the weather and so on then it might be a better idea.
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Coma
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said by gillespie:

I'm kind of leaning towards the fiberglass. The height is only about 25in.

In what location will these steps be used ?

Is this to the back door of your house or is it to an out building or shed ?

. . . . inquiring minds want to know . . . .


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gillespie
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Out the back door. It's not used very much at all because there's no deck or porch but it would be nice to have steps when we do decide to go out back.


Pacrat
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If it might be just a "temporary" measure, you might want to consider just making your own out of 2x10 treated lumber. After it dries, you can stain (opaque) it about any color you want... even concrete gray! Just a thought! A handful of 3" galvanized deck screws, a circular saw and a framing square, and you're in business. Can even use a round-over bit in a router to finish off the edges. Would be a lot cheaper than pre-cast concrete, and, in all probability, easier, too!
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said by Pacrat:

If it might be just a "temporary" measure, you might want to consider just making your own out of 2x10 treated lumber.
Would be a lot cheaper than pre-cast concrete, and, in all probability, easier, too!

That is what I was thinking because I just did that with some steps leading up to my shop just last week. I used some 2x12's I had on hand from a previous job and saved some bucks that way but I still need to add the risers.


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gillespie
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I think you guys are right, I do have a couple of 2x12's, so I'll probably just do that. Thanks for all the help...Mike...


Pacrat
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It'll give you something, at least, for a minimal effort and cost, until you make up your mind what you really want. That way, you have plenty of time to research all your options, material & design. I'd guess you'll have several hundreds of dollars in either of your first stated options... you can build a very usable set of steps for, probably, under twenty bucks... and with some effort on your part, they don't have to look like something just thrown together. As I said, if you have a router, you can bull-nose the edges, and with an opaque stain you can make them just about any color you want.

If you do go that route, a bag or two of Quick-crete or Sack-crete to make a pad for each riser to keep them from settling too much would probably be be a good idea, too!

I suggested a stain, rather than paint, to reduce the amount of "slippery-ness".
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gillespie
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You're right, plus I can say I did it myself and have a little more sense of accomplishment.


Coma
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said by Pacrat:

If you do go that route, a bag or two of Quick-crete or Sack-crete to make a pad for each riser to keep them from settling too much would probably be be a good idea, too!

. . . . . That would be Carriage to which the treads and risers are attached.

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