Broke though one of my porch steps yesterday and we decided that the other boards felt a little soft so we headed down to Home Depot for two 10 foot 2x6 boards (Redwood, nice) and some wood screws.  It was sweet.  Sawed the boards by hand under a tree in the front yard as I still don't have any kind of powered saw.  Maybe Santa will bring me a circular saw or something for Xmas.  Anyhow the steps are in, all counter-synced and everything.  Hopefully Norm Abram would approve of the job.