I did a post the other day about a Wacky Window installation that I found hard to believe anyone would leave the way they did. Today's blog is similar, in that it is a wacky installation, but in this case it is more than cosmetic or "aesthetic." In this case it is also a safety hazard because when the handrail is not parallel to the stairs "as expected" falls are possible. The idea of handrails on stairs is to improve safe use of the stairs---not to create a distraction that could make them less safe.
Building proper stairs and railings---that meet the requirements of the building codes----requires training, experience and patience. All of these requirements appear to be lacking in this installation.
Overall the installation is less than professionally installed with many other violations of current requirements (including too wide of openings under the railing, too wide of openings at the risers, and improper riser height at the first step----and no actual handrail).
These kinds of installations are frustrating for home inspectors, because sometimes these "brand-new" decks are used as selling points for the home and I am the one that has to call for repairs before they have ever been used.
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WA State, Home Inspector Advisory Licensing Board