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Old 09-04-2009, 12:51 AM   #1
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Hi
I'm new to this forum and was hoping to get some info on replacing the bannisters in my foyer.

The bannisters and stairs were removed many years ago to duplex the house; the stairs were replaced before I bought the home but the bannisters put in are black wrought iron (yuk!). I'm just talking about the bottom half of the stairway (8 steps) as the top section was left original to accomodate the 2nd floor entry. The home is 1913 Victorian and what I've seen at Lowes and HD just don't look "heavy duty" enough. The hand rail is only 1/2 as wide as the one left at the top section of the stairs on 2nd floor.

So what I need is the rails and spindles for the bottom section (8 steps) that would be wide enough to look okay in this house.

Is this something that would have to be built (if I could find a craftsman that good) or should I be able to purchase it somewhere? Any ideas?

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Do a search for Coffman stair components. The have been building stair rail components since 1874 and have a variety of styles. Something should fit that old house. Finding someone to properly install them is another matter. Check with friends, relatives, co-workers, neighbors for referrals, they are your best source. And check local lumberyards. They won't recommend anyone that has done poor work, it is bad for their business.

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But finding something pre-made and ready to assemble/install is not likely.
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Thanks guys for your input. I'll check Coffman and go from there. I just don't want something new and pre-fab looking in this area. I let you know what I find.
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The stair manufacturers' association might be able to point you in the right direction as well. www.stairways.org
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