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Old 06-20-2012, 10:24 AM   #1
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Install rod iron railing w/granite

HI, I have a 5-step pre cast front steps. I have overlaid it with 2" granite. Now I'm tring to figure out how to put my railings back on. The railings before were mounted with the screws sticking out in three different locations of the concrete for each railing so it was easy to loosen the nuts and take them of. I'd like to re-mount the same ones. I thinks some type of bolt needs to be put in a hole that needs to be drilled. My question I think is how deep ? do I need to get through the granite and get into the concrete?

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Old 06-20-2012, 03:13 PM   #2
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Ooo...really too difficult to understand your description, can you post pictures?
There is a thread that tells you how.


P.S. and that is a "wrought iron" rail right?


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Thanks for the info I took some pics to hopefully better explain it.
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what holds the granite to the concrete? If it were my project I would set the bolts into the concrete. granite can shear under lateral loads.

what is the distance between each balluster (vertical rods)?

if you tore out the old steps and poured concrete for new ones you may need to check with the building department and see if you can re-use the wrought iron railing (if the space if more than 4-3/8 inches between the ballusters (you'd have to ask him what your code requirement is). in most parts of the country they must be no more than 4-3/8 inches. The bottom piece of the railing (between that and the steps) should allow a 6-inch sphere to pass through it.

see page 18 on the following link

again check with the building department for your local code requirements.

good luck with your project!

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