Thursday, December 8, 2011

Install Iron Railings On The Outside Of Cement Steps

Iron railings must be properly spaced to meet building codes for safety.

Iron is an excellent choice for outside railings as it requires less maintenance than wood and will last for many years. Most home improvement stores will have a selection of stock iron railings you can choose from when deciding what to install. Before installing iron railings on the outside of your cement steps, verify your state's building codes so that the final project is the correct height and spacing. Otherwise, you may find yourself tearing out the new railings and re-installing them after inspection. Does this Spark an idea?


1. Measure the required distance from the stoop of the steps, and mark this space with an "x" to show you where to place the railings.

2. Set a railing onto the "x," and mark the screw holes through their openings with a pencil.

3. Drill out a screw hole guide with the masonry bit. Wear safety glasses, gloves and a mask when drilling.

4. Place the railings into position and screw them into place with corrosion-resistant masonry screws.

5. Assemble the top railings using the screws that came with the railings.

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