How to Install a Handrail

Can you imagine how many persons would fall while going up and down a stairway if there where no railings? Do not allow this to happen to you. Installing a stairway can be affordable and easily installed.
In a few easy steps you will have a safer house just follow the instructions listed below.

Required Materials

  • Handrail
  • Mounting Bracelets
  • Chalk Line

Required Tools

  • Screw Driver
  • Drill
  • Saw

Instructions

  1. Calculate the height of the handrail.
  2. Mark the top and bottom of your staircase.
  3. Draw chalk lines between the two marks.
  4. Mark your mounting locations on the studs with a stud finder.
  5. Using the chalk lines as a guide mark the holes for your mounting bracelets.
  6. Drill pilot holes into the studs.
  7. Screw your mounting bracelets to the wall.
  8. Cut your handrail to the length you want it.
  9. Paint your handrail in desired color.
  10. Allow to dry.
  11. Fasten the handrail to the mounting bracelets.

Tips

  • Try using powder instead of actual chalk as it is easier to remove than the chalk.
  • Use protective gears such as goggles and gloves when applying paint.
  • Use darker shades of paint on the railing as dirt and grime become visible easier on lighter colors.
  • Ensure that each railing is securely attached.
  • If your house has old plaster and lath walls then you may be required to purchase longer screws.
  • Never attempt to make use a home made bracket for mounting and supporting a handrail.
  • In a case that your handrail bends or covers more than one section of the wall then install each section as independent units.