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Installing handrail with returns

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I want to install a wooden handrail on one side of a flight of stairs. The problem that I am having is on the top of the stairs I want to put a return, fastened to a stud. There is one stud directly above the top stair, and another stud 16 inches past the top of the stairs. So I either have to terminate the end of the return even with the top of the stair, or go past. What is the code for 4 steps? How far past the stair can a handrail go? Returns are a must on this handrail. I am only doing one handrail because I will have a wrought iron railing installed. I would never call a handrail temporary, but it will only be installed until a pro can do the whole job.


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There's nothing in code saying that the handrail can't continue beyond the top tread.

It does say that the handrail needs to be continuous (no breaks) down the flight of stairs. That iron rail isn't a code compliant handrail either. You really need to run the handrail on the other side if you want to bring things up to code.
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