It is possible to build a step on a slope by starting off with the basic construction steps that ensure that your project stays sturdy and in place. You will have to dig out the earth which will then be taken and used for filling up gaps between the slabs. When building a step on a slope, it is important to keep the new creation level. If the step is higher or lower than the ground you are creating it on, it will be unsafe and unusable.
Adding a step onto a slope can be done in several ways. There are two basic designs; one is built in dry-laid stone, with all construction done above ground. The other, called a keystone wall, has the stones laid on edge and mortared together below ground. Each has advantages and disadvantages that must be factored into your decision.
Steps can be built on slopes, but they need to be properly constructed. A step needs to have strong footing and ample support, so that it is safe for people to use. The step should also be sturdy enough to endure regular wear and tear.
Building a step on a hillside is quite different from building one in an open, flat area. Follow these directions to build durable steps that are less likely to be damaged by erosion or heavy use.
1.Gather Your Materials
To begin, you will need the following materials:
• 2×4’s (treated lumber)
• Screws (2″ long and of sufficient quantity for attaching your boards to each other)
• Wood glue
- You will also need tools such as a drill or screwdriver, or any other tool that can help you drive in screws. Be sure to wear safety glasses while working on this project.
2.Create A Template
Now that you have identified the slope’s dimensions, it’s time to make a template. You can use any of these methods:
- Tape measure: Measure the slope lengthwise (horizontally) and widthwise (vertically).
- Paper: Place a piece of paper on top of each section of the slope, then trace around its edges. Add 1/2 inch inside each line for overlap when connecting pieces together later.
- Protractor: Set your protractor at 90 degrees from horizontal/vertical lines; turn it until it lines up with your edges (or just use 50 degrees if that’s easier). Use these measurements to plot out both sides for your template pieces.
- Laser level: Hold this gadget in front of each side so its laser beam aligns with either side’s edge; note down how far away from one another those points are before continuing on with step #3 below
3.Place The Template In The Right Location
- Place the template in the right location
Before you can start building, you must first ensure that your steps are located on a level surface. This is necessary because if they are not level, then they will not sit flat and may have a tendency to break over time. The step should also be at least 3 inches away from any wall or fencing so that it can provide enough space for people walking up or down it while still being within arm’s reach of those in wheelchairs.
4.Prepare The Ground For The Step’s Foundation
- Prepare The Ground For The Step’s Foundation
Now it’s time to prepare the ground for the step’s foundation. You’ll need to dig out some earth, so grab a shovel and get to work! Use a level to make sure your hard work pays off by making sure that everything is level once you’ve finished digging.
5.Lay The Concrete Blocks
Now you are ready to lay the concrete blocks. Take a look at your step plan and make sure that you have all of your materials and tools to hand. You will need a spirit level, a shovel or pickaxe, concrete blocks and some sand.
The first thing to do is place the template over the area where you have dug out your steps and check whether each block needs to be moved slightly in order for it to fit better against those around it. Once satisfied with their position, mark each block using your pencil marks on its top face as a guide for where it should go on the slope of your hillside.
You want these blocks spaced evenly apart so they form an even surface, but also make sure they are level across their tops as this will ensure that any water that collects in between them doesn’t pool there due to unevenness in height (which could cause problems). To achieve this aim I recommend using both a spirit level and a regular old school carpenter’s level (also known as “two-by-four”).
6.Build And Install The Steps
This is the final step in building your steps, so don’t get too excited.
- The first thing you’ll want to do is make sure that the steps are level with each other and that they’re secured to the ground at all four corners.
- Install the stairs by placing them into place between each step and securing them with concrete screws (we recommend 1/2″ coarse, flat head concrete screws).
- If you’re installing these steps on a slope of any kind, be sure not to over-tighten or over-wedge your screws as this can cause cracking at points where nails or screws are inserted into your wooden risers.
Building a step on a slope is not an easy task, but with the right steps you can do it yourself.
Building a step on a slope is not an easy task, but with the right steps you can do it yourself. If you’re not sure what you are doing and don’t know the materials you need or how to use them, then get help from someone who is knowledgeable in carpentry or construction.
You need to know:
- The proper tools for the job (hammer, saws, measuring tape)
- How to safely use them (never work alone)
- How much time will be required for completion
Building a step on a slope is an easy project that can be completed in one day. It requires just four basic materials, and the finished work will add both safety and aesthetic value to your yard. When you’re planning for your project, remember that steps should be no more than 16 inches wide, with a maximum rise per step of 8 inches. If you keep this in mind as you build, you’ll end up with a beautiful staircase that will look great on any slope.