Stair Railing Installation Guide

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Stair Railing Installation Guide

The stairs need rails installed. You want to make sure that the end product is solidly anchored. A benchmark for this would be that the finished project will be able to withstand about 300-pounds of weight.

 

It’s a statistic that bears some attention. Fifty-percent of all falls happen on the stairs. By having a strong, weight-appropriate rail could eliminate an emergency room visit.

 
  1. 1.Tools For The Job

    Once you’ve committed to this project, you don’t want to be interrupted by not having the right supplies. Here’s what you’re going to need, material-wise. Print-out this checklist when you go to the hardware store:

     

    • Masking tape (1-1/2-in. wide)

    • Railing brackets

    • Railing material

    • 4d finish nails

    • Fast acting, two-tube epoxy

    • Sandpaper (150 grit)

     

    As for tools you’ll need the following:

     

    • Tape measure

    • 4-foot level

    • Cordless drill

    • Drill-bit set

    • Stud finder

    • Wood glue

    • Nail set

    • Hammer

    • Miter saw

  2. 2.Step-By-Step

    Since everything is already in place, once it dries, it should be child’s play to reinstall this most-important safety feature to your stairway.

    Measure the length and buy the railing:

    This design goes long. The railing will overlap the bottom-and-top steps. Whatever the measurement is, add 2-feet. Decide what material you’d like the rail to consist of, then head out to the hardware store and buy it. Purchase enough brackets to place a pair at the top, one at the bottom and one every 48-inches where the rail will sit.

     

    Note the height of the railing and studs:

    Bring out the stud finder. Usually studs are 16-inches apart. Find one, and you should easily locate the others. Don’t worry about making additional holes. That’s what spackling material is for. Around 3-feet above the stairs, place your strips of masking tape. No stud at the top of the steps? Metal toggle anchors will suffice. Just attach the bracket under the horizontal section of rail.

     

    Prepare the rail:

    Cut one end of the rail on a 45-degree angle. Then saw 16-degree angles on the short horizontal sections and the rail. Make it fit tightly by trimming the cut. When you're satisfied with the snugness, cut the short horizontal rail section to match the top rail, one end also being at a 45-degree angle.

     

    Join the two:

    This design goes long. The railing will overlap the bottom-and-top steps. Whatever the measurement is, add 2-feet. Decide what material you’d like the rail to consist of, then head out to the hardware store and buy it. Purchase enough brackets to place a pair at the top, one at the bottom and one every 48-inches where the rail will sit.

     

    Position the brackets and mount the railing:

    Use a fast-setting epoxy and don’t mess with it for at least an hour.

     

    Once you’re finished, you can remove it from the brackets, take it outside and paint it. Since everything is already in place, once it dries, it should be child’s play to reinstall this most-important safety feature to your stairway.

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