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Outdoor steps - material suggestions

We have some outdoor steps leading from a terrace to the garden.

The treads are made from marine ply and are completely rotten and I need to replace them.

Although the treads are wood, the frame is metal, and it's sound. The dimensions of each tread are approx 1200mm x 290mm.
Unfortunately the tread supports are not lateral and are instead are supported from the front and the back using screws through holes the metalwork.

I need replacement treads and would really like to avoid marine ply as it is pretty ugly.
Unfortunately , two strips of decking plants in parallel won't work because of the fixings (unless I put some supporting brackets under them).
Wide decking planks would be good as they have a grooved surface but I haven't found any. Flex isn't a problem because of the transverse supports.

I'm not worried about grip in winter as they won't get used then.

So, what would you use and where do you get it?
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Old 22.06.2017, 15:01
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PM RTN with the dimensions - he'll recommend the right stuff.
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Old 22.06.2017, 15:06
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Re: Outdoor steps - material suggestions

You could go with 3x90mm planks with a gap between. If the planks are thick enough (say 40mm) you could drill horizontally and use m6 threaded rod, countersunk nuts, and spacers between the planks to gang them up, but that would be fiddly.

Or lengths of (stainless) strap, with screws from the bottom?

Stainless flatbar 3x 30 would do.

If you go with the strap, then don't fit them parallel, but angle them opposed to each other deliberately, that way it won't parallelogram around on you.
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PM RTN with the dimensions - he'll recommend the right stuff.
But he's a professional. I want to do it myself (I want to justify getting a circular bench saw!).
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Old 22.06.2017, 15:11
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But he's a professional. I want to do it myself (I want to justify getting a circular bench saw, drill press, router and TIG welder!).
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Old 22.06.2017, 15:17
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Your loss
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But he's a professional. I want to do it myself (I want to justify getting a circular bench saw, surface planer, router and TIG welder!).
Better now?
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I'm not worried about grip in winter as they won't get used then.

So, what would you use and where do you get it?
Carrara marble.
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Old 22.06.2017, 15:56
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Re: Outdoor steps - material suggestions

Man up and you don't need a bench!

http://www.makitauk.com/products/saw...cular-saw.html

And see if these guys will sell to you, you can get hardwood and cut it to size yourself.

http://www.hartwag.ch/wp-content/upl...liste_0916.pdf
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Re: Outdoor steps - material suggestions

Strip off the wood, prime the metal and then paint with a non-slip / sanded floor paint - minimalist and easy.

May be a bit noisy or echoey to walk on though.
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Old 22.06.2017, 16:02
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Man up and you don't need a bench!
"need"??? Who said "Need"??? the man clearly wrote "want".

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https://www.ricardo.ch/kaufen/handwe...v/an881380834/
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Old 22.06.2017, 16:41
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Re: Outdoor steps - material suggestions

In this country the preferred building material is concrete!
Are you sure you do not need a cement mixer?

You will still need a circular bench saw to cut the wood to make the moulds?
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Old 22.06.2017, 16:55
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Man up and you don't need a bench!
True. Not for that - but I want to build a library and it would be good for that.

Thanks for the link to the wood people.

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Strip off the wood, prime the metal and then paint with a non-slip / sanded floor paint - minimalist and easy.
There's only metal 1" at the front and back. The rest is air.
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