The stair was easy to figure out, despite extremely limited instructions (mostly pictures). It was adaptable for the space, and when completed it fit a very tight area perfectly and rather elegantly. High quality materials make it a good bargain.
2 years ago
Harder than we thought- Finally Finished
Word to the wise- The little black tabs that connect the stairs are difficult to put in. Since the grooves are painted on the stairs it makes it difficult putting them in with an allen wrench. Be sure to get the socket bit it makes it easier.
If you are doing a straight shot down the wall the stairs are a piece of cake. Any winding along the way creates more of a challenge. Other than that I love the stairs and for the money we spent it was excellent.
Side note there is a video online that can
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2 years ago
Easy Stair Case Solution
very nice solution to reach a loft area. installed in just a few hours, finished wood treads. looks great and very sturdy.
In our cottage, in a small living room, we needed a staircase to a little loft - space was limited! This staircase was the perfect solution. We purchased and installed it about a year and a half ago, so it's possible that the documentation and instructions are better now, but the weren't that easy at the time. There are now youtube videos that help with installation of the stairs and balcony railing. The staircase itself is solid, well-built, and attractive. We joked, and nicknamed it
... read more "stairasaurus" because the "vertebrae" that make up the curved support so reminded us of a dinosaur's skeleton. The thick hardwood treads look great, and we love the contrast with the white, powder-coated metal. The parts which attach railings et cetera are grey plastic but they are sturdy and well made.
For anyone who worries that an "alternate tread" staircase is difficult to use - it's not difficult at all! I've always loved the gracefulness of a circular or spiral staircase, but they are not easy to walk on, due to the "pie shaped" steps. In contrast, the alternate treads require only that you start up or down on the correct foot, and then it's great! [Note: Somewhere in the internet there's a video by another stair manufacturer that shows a person walking up and down an alternate tread staircase, to illustrate that it does not pose a problem].
We are delighted with this staircase. It allowed us to have an interesting and attractive stair without the usual waste of space. It takes up half (or a third) the space of a traditional staircase. Additionally, its open and airy look is very attractive and "spacious" in our small space. At almost $1500 it's not cheap, but it is definitely worth the price.
5 years ago
Wonderful stairway for tight spaces
This stairwell was very easy to install, instructions were quite thorough. It was quite easy to fit it into the space we have.
All high quality materials, and comes in different metal finishes to match decor.
Home Depot shipping was prompt and all items came in great shape.
It does take a little time to get used to the alternating tread stair since I've never used one before. Definitely don't use the stairs in socks, but I guess that would go for all wood steps :)
5 years ago
Great DIY staircase solution for tight spaces
This is a great solution if you have a tight space that you need to put a staircase in. It's not trivial to calculate the space it's going to take if you have a curve in your design. You need another person to help you install this. The spine is quite heavy and it takes two people to put it in place and adjust all the different pieces. Give yourself 2 days to install this. The end product looks good and is of good quality.
I am a very handy guy.
Being a kit, I had expected that these stairs would be a little easier to install. I eventually got them in but it is quite a lot of work.
It is not "Lego". Make sure you put supports in at the appropriate places as suggested. You will have to calculate exactly the correct length in order to get your stairs in straight.. The instructions leave you to figure this out.
For my taste the, fittings are too loose and depend too much on the set screws to level and
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Some of the rails were not bent square and required some muscle, to straighten out.. Couldn't see that they were crooked until they were installed, then taken apart and re-installed.
I feel like I installed this staircase three times before I was finally finished.
Again, i am a handy guy, built many stairs from scratch, this one was a lot of work. It took me from breakfast to bedtime to get this in.
When finally done it looks great and fits well into the space it was supposed to go. No other style staircase would have addressed my problem so the fuss was worth it..
3 months ago
A nice solution to a tight problem
We have a small house, and the space available for basement access is very confined (63" long, 24" wide). Prior to these stairs, we had a ladder for access, since there was no way to build a conventional staircase or spiral stairs. We were going to build a set of alternating tread stairs when we found this.
The stairs arrive strapped to a largish skid, approx. 40x40". It is not light - 200+ pounds.
After opening it up and inventorying parts (kit includes allen wrenches and a bag of spare
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Instructions are a little on the vague side, but if you read them carefully a few times it makes sense. The metal sections telescope into one another, and are secured by five setscrews that dog them in place. There is enough clearance between the sections so that each tread can be leveled and trued using the setscrews. It's best to level and align each section as you work your way down.
The stair treads are unmarked and have to be individually marked and drilled. It goes quick if you make a template from your first tread. Railings are easy to install, require some trimming with a hacksaw.
Anchored the bottom bracket into the concrete floors with wedge anchors set into epoxy, instead of the supplied plastic concrete anchors. I didn't want it to move. Ever.
I spent about 6 hours on the job, from framing out the attachment point for the top support to installing the railings. It takes some getting used to (make sure to figure out which is your dominant stair-descending foot and install treads accordingly), but is feels very sturdy and safe. The treads are very smooth, and would benefit from some non-skid tape on the surface.
Overall very pleased with the stairs.
2 years ago
Normally I don't do reviews unless a product is really good or really bad. The Graz stairs are better than I thought. The instructions were doable, not as bad as many where the author has English as a second language.
I was impressed over and over. Any mistakes made were mine, as this was my first install of this product. One thing to keep in mind is to do your leveling carefully as you install each new piece from the top down. I had to backtrack to accomplish this.
The paint job on all metal
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If you are handy, have need for a item like this, and want a quality finished product at a very reasonable cost, I would recommend the Graz stair kit. There were other similar products at twice the cost or more. Could the quality be twice as much? I doubt it.
I had such a good time putting this together and enjoying the final product that I would happily install another one right away if needed, without even putting the tools away.
The finished product is beautiful. We hired a young professional that had never assembled/installed anything like this before. All pieces were included, which is always helpful. The instructions could have been simplified and more clear, but it did come together nicely. Took 2 people several days. The best way to install the handrail is on a warm day, using the sun to heat if it is available, rather than the blow torch that was recommended. It has only been assembled/installed since yesterday,
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2 months ago
This is a very good looking staircase for the price. actually half price than iron cast spiral case....it is not hard to install although it takes a whole day...everything fits great . it is a little bit wobbly though...as there is only a center pole and one attachment to the deck...but it looks great ! and does the job!
4 years ago
I liked the stairs
I think for the price these stairs are a very good quality. Was a little tricky to put together. Had to watch the video a few times. Only problem I had was there was a gap between the top of the rail on the platform and the rail I had to add to keep anyone from falling down hole. Maybe I did something wrong but we fixed it by adding to the railing at the top.
EZ stairs bracket set was well manufactured and relatively easy to install.
The instructions were good and included a DVD as well as written instructions. I found it difficult to find the type of screws that they recommend (#8 flathead wood screws, coated or stainless steel for use with pressure treated lumber). I suggest that Home Depot sell them with the bracket set or have a link to that product so that it is easier to find the correct screws.
4 years ago
Have not used them yet
This is the "Contractor BRACKET pack". If you do not have the spacers you WILL need to order them with this.
7 years ago
The use was pretty much as advertised. Instructions were useful and extensive. The stairs were precise and strong with no squeaks. I would recommend them to any novice such as myself.
I have 150+ decks in the field using the EZ stair system and now do not build stairs any other way. What started as me offering a better alternative as an upgrade, quickly turned into incorporating it into a standard feature of my deck package. The first set you finish, get in the middle of it and give it a little bounce, you will feel why it is the best stair system on the market.
5 years ago
These brackets made building my back porch stairs incredibly easy! The online calculator helped me formulate an accurate materials list, and customized instructions for assembling the stairs. I would highly recommend this product!
4 years ago
Big time saver!
I've never built stairs before, and this product made it quite easy. The first stringer took a little while, but once I got the hang of it, the second one went quicker. Less cuts to make with this system. The stairs are rock solid, and they look great! Definitely worth it!
The printed instructions with EZstair are incomplete--missing important information. You must consult the videos on the website for complete information. The brackets worked just fine. But using them correctly is not the missing information.
4 years ago
I used EZ Stairs to build deck stairs with 112 inch total rise. The only negative issues was that I focused on getting the cleats square without recognizing that they could be square at more than one position. The result was that I had to redo my work. Once I paid careful attention to the instructions, every thing came together great. Especially for someone who only occasionally builds stairs, this is the way to go.
4 years ago
Having cut strangers, thought i would give these a try. I was pleased with the result.
The ez stair system was worth the risk. Having cut stringers in the past, i was aware of the work involved. the system worked very well. Just be prepared to use a bunch of screws. get an impact driver if you don't already have one.