Retaining Wall Stairs

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Old 08-25-17, 06:22 PM
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Retaining Wall Stairs

Hi guys. I need to add a railing to an outdoor staircase that is currently pretty unstable and poorly done. I want to redo the staircase and add a railing. It's a shame that when these stairs were initially constructed, they were not built into the wall as most retaining wall stairs seem to be. At this stage, what is my best option for rebuilding this staircase and securing the railing. Should I do cement block steps with paver tops and then cement in rails to the ground. Should I go wood completely? I'm not sure what is the best way to secure the top of the railing.
 
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Old 08-26-17, 03:49 AM
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I agree with your assessment, the stairs are very uneven and the spacing is not consistent so it's a trip hazard waiting to happen.

I assume that there is not enough space on the upper level to recess the stairs? If that could be done they you probably would not even need a railing.

If you need to rebuild in current location I would think a nice wide wood stair case with railing would be the simplest way to get stairs and railing all in one strong structure1
 
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Thanks for the reply. What would be the best way to secure the wooden steps into the existing retaining wall given the top level of the retaining wall could have some movement?
 
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Old 08-27-17, 05:34 AM
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My thought was that all 4 posts would be on the lower section with the top step level with the top of the wall. I would not attach them as movement in the wall might cause issues with the stairs.

What is the height of the wall?
 
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