Installing Handrails For Staircases

Installing Handrails For Staircases

Staircases need not just be a set of stairs, but can be focal points of your house, and a proper handrail is necessary for safety. You can install sturdy wood handrails for your staircases with materials available at most home improvement centres. Here are the instructions. Position the lowest rail bracket first. Use a level to make sure that the bracket is square to the wall. Place the bracket over a stud mark. Use an awl or small screwdriver to punch small marks in the drywall to denote the place for the holes. Drill pilot holes through the drywall and into the studs so the bracket can be mounted to the wall. Make the holes with a 3 mm (1/8 inch) drill bit, drilling them straight into the wall without at any angle. Connect the brackets to the wall with 5 cm (2 inch) finishing screws, using a screwdriver or your drill loaded with a driver bit. Measure and cut lengths of rail to fit the wall, with enough overlap to reach past the wall brackets by a fewbout 7.5 cm (3 inches). Use a circular or mitre saw to make cuts. Sand sharp or rough edges using medium-grit sandpaper

Position the rails of staircases over the brackets and test the fit. Ensure the rail is aligned properly and equally over the brackets. Mark the locations of the holes from the brackets to the underside of the rail. Remove the rail. Drill pilot holes approximately 2.5 cm (1 inch) deep into the wood. Replace the rail over the brackets. Insert 3.1 cm (1 1/4 inch) screws through the brackets and up into the wood. Use a drill to secure them tightly together. Check the connection of the rail to the wall by lightly tugging on the wood.

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