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Old 03-21-2008, 06:59 PM   #1
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Handrail questions.


While prepping this room for paint, it occurred to me that it might be a neat idea to replace this metal pipe handrail with something a little fancier. I was thinking of getting a 3' piece of handrail, some balusters, and probably making my own newel post (the pre-made ones are too expensive, and I'd just end up cutting them super short anyway). So, since I've never constructed a handrail before, I have a few questions:

The post and balusters would all be going down to the flat floor. Would I use a shoe rail along the bottom for this? If so, should the shoe rail go on top of the vinyl tile or directly attach to the subfloor, in which case I would tile around it?

How do you attach the handrail to the newel? the balusters to the handrail and the floor/shoerail? the newel to the floor? How should the shoerail (if used) be attached to the floor?

How many balusters would I need for my 3' section of rail?

I think that's it for now, thanks in advance.
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Handrail questions.


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Handrail questions.


This will be nice for you.

Your Local Lumber Supplier may have a break down of the steps needed.

Handrail Fastening, Newel Post Securing Anchors, etc... perhaps going there will be the fastest easiest method for you... some suppliers leave a tear off sheet with their products for detailed assembly instructions.
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