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Old 07-01-2008, 01:42 PM   #1
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Newel Post/Balusters question


I am about to put a handrail with balusters and newel post on the stairs pictured below but I am at a loss on how to transition between the open stairs area and where the second floor wall begins. The stair treads dont extend outside of the ceiling/wall line so I was going to place the balusters as close as I can to the edge of the stair treads but then would I just continue them and have them up against the wall at the top of the stairs? Any thoughts and suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 07-01-2008, 03:40 PM   #2
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How wide are the stairs? Are the finished treads and risers installed? Do these stairs lead to your basement or your upstairs? You do not want the top of the handrail on the open treads to die into the ceiling. This will make a triangle and fingers/hands will be pinched. You could install your bottom newel and have one continuous run of a handrail to the top and install ballusters on the open tread portion.
Being open stairs I would have extended the treads to go over the skirt board by the distance they overhang the risers and installed a scotia moulding. I cannot draw on the computer, but if I remember I'll post pics. of what I did.

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If this railing is going to be your only handrail, it must be continious for the entire length of the flight of stairs. Therefore you will either have to set the spindles in far enough so that you have the required 1 1/4" clearance between the inside of the rail and the upper floor, or set the lower newels as usual and use an offset fittting in the rail to get the proper clearance at the upper floor. This fitting looks like an "S" and is available as a stock fitting from suppliers. They require some planning to get the spindles to transition cleanly, so measure four times instead of twice before cutting. You want the horizontal offset to occur in line with the placement of the forward spindle of the step to keep the spindle spacing visually correct. If you run a continious rail up the wall, the spindles can terminate into the lower ceiling. Although I personally think this is ugly, it is legal.

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Here's what I am in the process of doing. I extended the bottom 5 treads and risers by 4" and partially enclosed the left side wall. I plan on installing a newell post and iron ballusters on the left to the oak trim as a safety rail. I also will install a full length handrail on the right wall.
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