Watch that first step. It's a doozy!
And those things combined, stairs become too high!
Putting some cute tape on the edge, and slathering a bit of creamy mortar on top of it probably doesn't solve the problem.
Okay, it really doesn't solve the problem!
There are things to consider.
First, the house is 18 years old. The code then for stair height was different. But it was not 11 1/2"!
The code now is this:
R3188.8.131.52 Riser height.
The maximum riser height shall be 7¾ inches (196 mm). The riser shall be measured vertically between leading edges of the adjacent treads. The greatest riser height within any flight of stairs shall not exceed the smallest by more than 3/8 inch (9.5 mm).
It's not that this older stair riser now needs to meet the modern code. But 7.2" has been considered to be "optimum." Some jurisdictions around here still will accept 8 1/2".
But to me the code doesn't matter really. The stair needs to be of a comfortable height. Around 8" would raise no one's hackles.
Hackle? Did he say hackle?
A couple of definitions of hackle:
And not only will 11 1/2" get some hackles up, but it will make the knee scream. Stepping up and stepping down.
Now, a screaming knee is a whole different matter. Hackle raising and screaming knees are sure signs that something is wrong.
So, I took a photo and put it on the report!
Can this be fixed? Yes, a couple of ways. But suggesting how is not my purview, and I don't go there on home inspection reports.
My recommendation: if your hackles get up, or your knee screams, there might be something amiss. Pay attention to your body! If it doesn't agree with a situation, the code might not agree either! Comfort here is the key, and the problem identified in the photo will not get better by itself.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
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