Thursday, April 29, 2010

Install A Metal Hand Rail On Concrete Stairs

Metal rails add safety and an elegant touch to boring stairs.

Water and ice can make concrete stairs slick and dangerous to walk on. Installing a metal hand rail will help limit the risk of falls on stairs by giving the unbalanced person something to hold onto. Purchase a metal stair kit that includes all the stair railing components. Choose a stair railing that is easy to grip and that will stand between 30 to 42 inches above the stair tread. Does this Spark an idea?


1. Mark the locations of where each of your rail's vertical balusters will be on the stair tread. Place the railing brackets in the marked locations to use as guides for the pilot holes. Drill holes with a masonry bit into the stair tread where the bracket screws will be.

2. Line the brackets over the drilled holes and screw lead masonry anchors and lead masonry screws into the pilot holes to fasten the brackets to the treads.

3. Fit the bottoms of each of the vertical balusters into the brackets. Tighten the baluster's set screws with a wrench to hold the baluster into the bracket.

4. Fit the top, bottom and intermediate rails to the balusters, following the manufacturer's instructions because of railing variation. Tighten all set screws with a wrench or a screwdriver.

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