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Step-by-Step Staircase Construction

Episode DTTR-311F

DIY to the Rescue designs and builds a full-sized staircase in an attic full of obstacles. Don and Sally Lighter were stumped by the narrow space and lack of headroom. Their only attic access was a strange ladder neither of them felt safe using. The Rescue crew teaches the Lighters a little stair anatomy and the basic math involved in designing a staircase with multiple landings. They learn to remove non-load bearing joists and how to build each part of this complex design -- step-by-step. It’s a big job, but three days later, the Lighters have an impressive new staircase that makes accessing their attic safe and easy.

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