General Questions

How many stairs will I need for the space I have?

Click here to use the EZ Stairs Calculator


Where can I use the EZ Stairs system?

The EZ Stairs system is intended for:

interior stairs
exterior stairs
concrete formwork

The EZ Stairs brackets are adjustable and they're designed for use in straight stair runs only.


What skill level do I need to build this stair?

The EZ Stairs adjustable brackets greatly simplify stair building. Traditional stair making requires some of the most skilled craftsmen in the industry. However, with EZ Stairs, if you:
• have a basic working knowledge of power tools and safety issues.
• follow the instructions carefully and check your local building codes
You should beable to build a stair using the EZ Stairs System.


What do I need ?

Screws and wood (or other material depending on application)


Will I save time using the EZ Stairs system?

Tests have shown that construction time for the EZ Stair system is close to half of the time required for conventional construction.


What if I make a mistake in layout?

With the EZ Stairs system, mistakes can often be corrected by backing the screws out and readjusting the brackets. With conventional construction, mistakes are fatal. You have to throw out the material with the mistakes and start all over


How strong is the EZ Stairs system?

Independent engineering tests have shown the EZ Stairs construction to be much stronger than conventional construction. In a test of an 8' wide stair, a load in excess of 9,200 lbs. was applied to a tread before breaking. There was no damage to the brackets- that's strong!


What about safety and quality?

The EZ Stairs brackets have been constructed from heavy duty galvanized sheet steel. We have taken much care to ensure that the product exceeds all the strength requirements of the uniform building code and a quality assurance program is in place to guarantee the highest standards in quality and safety. Review EZ Stairs™ ICC-ES Report


Building codes?

Building codes vary city to city, county to county and state to state. It's wise to check your local building codes. The EZ Stairs brackets exceed the strength requirements as set out in the uniform building codes and may be adjusted to meet any dimensional requirements for risers and treads. Also check your local codes for any fire requirements. Refer code officials to ICC Evaluation Service Report


How do I adjust risers and treads?

The risers are adjusted when the brackets are rotated (pivoted). This allows infinite adjustment of the riser between 0" and 8 1/4" in height. The tread width is adjusted by use of the adjustable spacer.

The tread width adjustment is not infinite (as with the riser), but is incrementally adjusted. The spacer has 13 settings marked "a" through"m" which varies the tread width. The spacer setting chart is used to find the setting which is closest to the desired tread width. The riser height/tread width should be checked before final fixing of the stringer.


How do I do an initial 2x6 stringer set-up with a gap closure?

When you adjust (pivot) your brackets to your customized rise requirement, a gap will generally still remain between the 2x6's. Many builders leave this gap for drainage purposes. However, many prefer the gap to be closed. To close the gap between the 2x6's, during the initial stringer assembly, follow these instructions (after you have determined what your desired rise and tread need to be and you've pivoted brackets into position).

Insert 2 additional screws into the bottom bracket 2x6 member, then remove the top pivot screw in the top 2x6. Close the gap....the brackets will not move out of position. When the gap is closed, insert all screws into the pre-marked holes except your first bracket and last in the run you're building. The reason for not inserting these screws at this stage is that these 2 brackets will normally need to be rotated out of the way, for the 3 to 4 quick skill cuts that will be required to complete your stringer.


How long and wide can I build the stairs?

The EZ Stairs system is designed for stairs up to 9' in width, for interior stairs and 7' in width for exterior stairs, using the two outside stringers only. The stair length will require supports at certain intervals along the stringers length. These support intervals vary with the stair width (see instructions in box).


How do I set the spacer?

Once the spacer setting position has been selected (see spacer setting chart in box directions), simply remove the setting screw and reposition the spacer extension with the setting screw in the appropriate marked setting hole ("a" through"m"). Tighten the screw to set the spacer.


How do I decide the riser and tread size?

The minimum and maximum riser and tread sizes are determined by your local building codes. You must set the risers and treads within these limits.

The medium riser size is around 7" and may vary up or down from this figure. Normally the measured stair height is divided by 7 and to determine the number of riser spaces required. The measured stair height is then divided by the number of risers to determine the riser height. If this figure does not fall within required parameters, riser spaces may be added or subtracted until a satisfactory riser height is achieved.

The medium tread width (run) is 10" to 11" and may vary according to code and/ or stair length restrictions. Stair length restrictions may limit the overall stair length and treads width may be determined by dividing the stair length by the number of treads. If stair length restrictions do not apply, a tread width not exceeding 11" is recommended as this will allow the use of treads cut from standard dimension lumber

i.e.- 2 ›‹ 12
(1 1/2" ›‹ 11 1/4" finished size).

The adjustable spacers are supplied with the spacer setting at "g". This will give a riser height of 7" and a tread width of 11". If the riser is set higher than 7", the tread width will decrease and if lower than 7" the tread width will increase.


Can you build metal pan type stairs with EZ Stairs?

Ez Stairs is an extremely strong and versatile system for stair building. It is primarily used with wood construction but is equally suited for use with metal stringers. The system will accommodate steel pan treads. We do not supply the treads (brackets only) but the pans can be separately purchased from a number of suppliers. The pans can be attached to our heavy duty (14 gauge) steel brackets with sheet metal screws.


Is EZ Stairs really 'easy' to build and install?

Yes, it really is. Our 3D animation links above, walks customers through the main construction applications. In addition, we have also prepared more in depth step by step instructions as well. It's a fact that only minimal skill level is required. We have many customers that have used EZ Stairs who have had no prior construction experience and have reported back to us, to their amazement', how professional and beautiful their steps turned out.


Will the stairs that I build really look professional?

Yes, with EZ Stairs you will be very proud and pleased with your finished 'classic' knee-wall look. See the gallery of pictures from very satisfied customers on our website.


When I rotate the brackets until the gap between the 2x6's is closed, my rise and run doesn't work.

Believe it or not, you are probably doing everything correctly in setting your brackets using the spacers and pivot screws onto the two 2x6's. More than likely, your problem is in the next step.....adjusting the brackets whereby you fully rotating the brackets until the gap between the two 2x6's is completely closed. The gap is not intended to be closed. The gap is initially set to accommodate a wide range of motion so that you can adjust your rise height between 0" and 8-1/4". As an example, if your rise is to be 7-1/2", using a framing square with the long side placed on top of the tread surface of one the brackets and the short side placed against rise surface of the next bracket, rotate the brackets until the rise height reaches the 7-1/2" required. There will be a gap remaining between the 2x6's. If you wish to close the gap completely (once the brackets are set correctly) please see our streaming animated instructional video for the appropriate procedures.


SAFETY WARNING:
The EZ Stair Building Kit must be used with appropriate building materials (wood and screws) and construction techniques. Failure to use appropriate materials and/or construc- tion techniques could impair the structural integrity of stairs constructed with the EZ Stair Building Kit, which could lead to serious bodily injury. If you have any questions con- cerning these issues, you should consult with a licensed contractor.