One winter a friend of mine slipped on the ice adjacent to the hell puddle and, while flailingly trying to regain her balance, grabbed onto the arm of an innocent besuited early morning bystander and flung him full length into the icy mire.
Apparently they shut down the stairway in my video.
Posted on June 27, 2012 at 8:02pm with 17 notes
JimmyJames: My point was that if you think of the step like a systemic problem, like institutionalized racism, a sexist glass ceiling or a lack of legal protections for gay couples, you realize that not everyone is forced to walk up the same "staircase".
In stair building, the steeper a stair, the taller the risers between treads and the narrower the treads. All the books, ones such as the handbook Richard pored over in trade school, prescribe that the width of a tread and the height of one riser should add up to seventeen or eighteen inches. The collective, successively refined wisdom of the tribe of carpenters seems to have produced that formula. It is the one that works best for the largest variety of human feet. A more basic rule for stairs says: Every tread must be as wide as every other, and every riser must be as tall as every other one. "Within a thirty-second of an inch," says Jim. "It has to be that fine. It's amazing. You start up a stair and after the first step your legs know what the next rise should be. You can trip on a bump in a flat sidewalk. A quarter-of-an-inch variation will do it. It's amazing. I bet if you took pictures of people climbing stairs, you would find their toes just clear each tread. You let your legs and feet take charge, but they're pretty literal-minded." In fact, it is very easy, a common mistake, for a builder of stairs to forget to add to his calculations the three-quarter-inch thickness of a finish floor that's not installed yet. Then he builds the stairs and lays the floor, and suddenly he has a staircase with a bottom riser that is three-quarters of an inch shorter than all the other risers. A stair like that will never stop tripping people, even ones who know its flaw. Stair-making carpenters are like school crossing guards or trainers of seeing-eye dogs. They take on one of society's small sacred trusts.
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