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Code-worthy trailer steps

Bracing a stair landing

We like the shortcut of using pier blocks at the base of four-by-four posts, but the resulting structure can sometimes be a bit wiggly. On our new stair landings, we added braces at the bottom to shore up the mini-porch.

Trailer porch

Next up was handrails, mandatory for stair landings more than 30 inches off the ground in our region. Depending on who we talked to, the handrails needed to be 34 to 38 inches or 36 to 40 inches above the porch level, and might need an upright every four feet. We added two additional supports after taking the photo above just in case.

Now we just have to fix a GFCI, wrap the water intake to our trailer in heat tape, and install smoke detectors and we'll hopefully pass our upcoming inspection. I can hardly wait to mark the last item off our "have to" list and move on to the "want to" list!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Hi Anna and Mark,

Hmm.... Paid $8500 to protect your garden from too much poop. Gotta have the right stairs....

And I am supposed to pay for this 'help'??

They should pay me!


Comment by John Mon Oct 30 08:00:59 2017

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