How to Build Steps With Landscape Timbers

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook creates a durable outdoor staircase. (See below for a shopping list and tools.)

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Shopping List for How to Build Steps With Landscape Timbers:
– 2×2 stake []
– 6×6 pressure-treated timbers []
– gravel []
– ½-inch-diameter (No. 4) metal reinforcing bar [], used to pin sleepers to the ground
– 12-inch-long timber screws []
– wood preservative []

Tools for How to Build Steps With Landscape Timbers:
– shovel []
– 4-foot level [] and long straightedge []
– layout square []
– circular saw []
– handsaw []
– drill/driver []
– 3-pound sledgehammer []
– 3-inch paintbrush []

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47 thoughts on “How to Build Steps With Landscape Timbers

  1. So will you need to excavate all the soil from each side of the steps? They will be full of soil in no time, spoiling somewhat the aesthetic. Or is there a way to build these type of steps 'above' the soil line, to stop the soil erosion spoiling the look of them, not to mention the encroachment of weeds and grass………??

  2. A hand saw on 6×6 timbers? Are you out of your damn mind? I do a lot of this sort of work, have for over 25 years and I always use a chainsaw, lol! I can't imagine how long one of my jobs would take using a saw like you used.

  3. trick to driving rebar get a heavy duty hammer drill put a large socket on it seat on top and hit the trigger drives the rebar down for ya no hammering involved

  4. Hola. Que madera utilizaste? Ya que la madera que se usa normalmente en construcción se pudre facilmente al dejarla bajo tierra. Saludos.

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