Bang up job on shin
Van's instructions have you install the step somewhat early in the building process. Once the floor is riveted on you cannot remove the step anymore.
(unless you drill out the rivets holding the floor down)
Having a removable step is simply a convenience while you build so you won't bang up your shin everytime you walk past the step.
RV-8 finished (sold)
RV-10 Flyer 400 plus hours
Over 2500 Gallons of E10 mogas burned
Don't believe everything you know.