Learn how to install handrails for steps

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4 Hours
25-50
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If you’re quite the handy person, then you know what handrails are. Just to refresh your memory, handrails are the put in place on steps in order to provide guidance. They don’t seem to have any importance, that is, until the moment that a person walks down the stairs. You have them in your home and so does everyone else for that matter. Replacing the handrails for steps is a project that you can do yourself. If you want to know how to install the balustrade systems, keep reading.

Get the necessary materials

If you fancy yourself to be a DIY home remodel, you can totally handle installing handrails for steps. Before you get to work, you have to have what to work with, in the first place. Go to the store and purchase some handrails.  If you don’t have the time to go shopping, you can always order the materials you need online. Attention needs to be paid to the fact that there are codes concerning handrails. This means that you can’t do whatever you want.

Due to the fact that handrails help prevent nasty accidents, it’s important for them to be strong. Balustrade systems are of paramount importance for the homeowners, which is the reason why regulations exist. When you’re doing your shopping, choose the right height. In addition to handrails, you will need a bunch of screws. Why? Because you will need to secure the handrails in place.

Measure from top to bottom and mark locations

When it comes to stairs and landings, the handrails have to be placed about 100 mm above the pitchline. Generally speaking, this works best for the people who are going to use the steps. But what is a pitchline? A pitchline is the leading edge between the consecutive stair treads. Do the necessary measuring from the bottom to the top. You will need a good visual aid, don’t kid yourself about that.

Mark drill locations

With a pencil, you should mark the holes of the balustrade system. Make the hole exactly where it should be. If you don’t want the post to crack or split, then you should make the hole a little bit smaller in diameter. You can equally drill the hole larger in diameter, so as to make it easier for you to insert the handrails.

Snap a chalk line to connect the 2 lines

What you need to do basically is create a straight line where you need to cut. Draw the line between the 2 points, only if you don’t have a ruler at your disposal. You can mark the points with painter’s tape. This way, you won’t be leaving any marks on the wall.

Attach the handrails

The final thing you have to do is actually attach the balustrade systems. Screw the mountain brackets to the wall and attach the handrails already. When you’re done, you have to actually test the system in order to make sure that it works. The last thing you want is for you or your family members to fall down the stairs.

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