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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    • CommentAuthorgoodevans
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2018
     
    I'd like to make life easy and safe for the builders and install the stairs as early as possible.

    I'd like to delay installing the stairs as late as possible so that I can preserve the nice oak wood treads and stringers - perhaps also having the plaster work in place so the stairs can be set flush to the wall.

    Obviously there is a conflict - I can't have both.

    I could buy cheep stairs and replace with the good ones later - but If I don't do this... how long is it reasonable for the builders to have to use a ladder?
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    I'd give them a stair, even if it is only a 200 x 50 string and 300 goings screwed-together thing. A client was doing a timber frame and the TF co lent him a stair.
    • CommentAuthorMike1
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2018
     
    I'd certainly leave the oak stairs until after plastering. They'll be used to using ladders, but scaffolding companies can also install a temporary staircase using treads such as these : http://www.apolloscaffoldservices.co.uk/steps.html or by installing an access tower in the stairwell.
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2018
     
    Me too, oak stains badly with plaster and cement.

    Don’t trust builders with it til wet trades including painting has finished,

    S/h stairs from tip or farmer etc
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeSep 19th 2018
     
    Posted By: Nick ParsonsI'd give them a stair, even if it is only a 200 x 50 string and 300 goings screwed-together thing. A client was doing a timber frame and the TF co lent him a stair.

    This. One of the best things we did was to get the carpenters to throw together some temporary stairs. We only put the real ones in right at the end after everything was finished.
    • CommentAuthorBeau
    • CommentTimeSep 19th 2018
     
    I picked up an old set for nothing for our build. Might be worth seeing what you can get your hands on.
    • CommentAuthorgoodevans
    • CommentTimeSep 19th 2018
     
    My builders seem to expect to use ladders until second fix carpentry. I'll offer to pay for the materials if they wish to lash up a temporary open staircase.
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    It's just so much less faff! (and safer).
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