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handyman11 01-10-2010 10:18 AM

stair hand rail
I would like to use a plowed handrail when rebuilding our stairs. The manufacturer does not offer a 90 degree fitting that is plowed like the handrail. Do I need to select a different hand rail or is it common practice to use a nonplowed fitting with a plowed handrail? Any advice?

tpolk 01-10-2010 10:27 AM

is this an overpost app?

handyman11 01-10-2010 10:30 AM

post to post

tpolk 01-10-2010 10:46 AM

what is this 90 fitting you talk of

handyman11 01-10-2010 11:08 AM

A 90 degree handrail fitting. Our current stair system does not have a new post at the top of the stairs. The hand rail makes a 180 degree turn at the top of the landing to follow the hallway. I would like to add a new post at the top landing. I would like to center the handrail going up the stairs with the newel post. I would then need to make a 90 degree turn almost immediately, about 4" from the top newel post with the upstairs handrail. I am looking at LJ smith stair systems. The have premanufactured fittings for turns in the handrail. I figured a plowed handrail system would be easier to install. Their fittings have a nice smooth corner. I could just miter the handrail but the corner would be a little sharp.

tpolk 01-10-2010 11:33 AM

I like the plowed system. so if I understand ( am slow sometimes sorry) your post at landing is forward approx 4" of the turn you want to make?

handyman11 01-10-2010 11:40 AM

It would be about 5 1/2 inches from the edge of the newel post to the center of the handrail

tpolk 01-10-2010 12:03 PM

if they dont have the turn you need sounds like mitering the rail works best. alot of times things that are in your face bothersome when your done become not such a big whoop

handyman11 01-10-2010 12:24 PM

You are probably right. I might be making to big a deal out of this.

RTRCon 01-12-2010 09:24 AM

They dont plow the fittings because the fillet material that fits between the ballusters makes up for it.

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