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Old 06-27-2013, 09:21 PM   #16
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Super annoyed - contractor mis-cut all the prepared railing pieces.


Poorly planned, poorly executed, not acceptable by my standards.

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Old 06-27-2013, 11:34 PM   #17
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no carpenter would ever install railing like that....on day 1 you learn to count your posts and divide the distance for even spacing (adjusting to comply with code limits).

guy may be a "handyman" but is not a carpenter.
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:43 PM   #18
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How are you supposed to "wrap your hand around/over" the top part of that railing?

If this is a rental, that would worry me.
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How are you supposed to "wrap your hand around/over" the top part of that railing?

If this is a rental, that would worry me.
yep, that rail is not a graspable handrail. "not to code"
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Old 06-28-2013, 10:40 AM   #20
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I'm "just a" DIY/homeowner, but if I understand the code correctly, the railing has to be continuous, spaced 1 1/2" form the wall, and extend up to but not beyond 1 foot from the top and bottom of the stairs, and turn into the wall, or, at least not be left floating open.

If only this house wasn't built by morons.

This just goes on to illustrate why although I take a lot longer to do things, I just do them myself.
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Old 06-28-2013, 02:20 PM   #21
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I own a very similar house. Your rail was not installed correctly. It should turn out something like this.
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Old 06-28-2013, 08:54 PM   #22
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Thanks for those pics. Do you have a shot dead on going straight up the railing? Do you have the width for a knee wall there?

On my setup, there is no space between the up- and -down stairs. The drywall face of the 'down' staircase is on the same vertical plane as the outside of the stringer of the 'up' staircase.

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I own a very similar house. Your rail was not installed correctly. It should turn out something like this.
Your rail should continue all the way to the top for it to be considered correct.
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Don't worry, by the time the renters have lived there a while and their 6 kids have used the railing for a slide and to play superman off of and tobaggan down the steps, run their toy trucks into it, and then the furniture going up and down leaving dents and scratches... it will all blend in and no one will even notice.
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Poorly planned, poorly executed, not acceptable by my standards.
Agreed, but you did get what you paid for. And along with everyone else, that railing is not to code. It's as good as a sign saying "Fall down and sue me".
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in that situation to make a post work it needs to be located in from the wall which decreases usable stair width or run the rail up under the cut back in the wall with no post at the top and then another shorter hand rail mounted to the wall to reach from the cut back to the top of the stairs.
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It looks like cutting the rails too short was just his warm up act. If he's the boss, I'd hate to see their other work.
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The contractor still has not cashed the check. Hell I told my wife to cancel it. I get so aggravated looking at this thing. I haven't fixed anything with it yet.
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When I did my rail, I jogged the handrail like this: (this is not my railing, just a photo I found online)
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