Local building codes vary, but pretty much anywhere, if you have a deck or porch 30” or more above ground level (lower in some areas), a railing is required, as is a handrail along the stairs. The average height for the railing is usually 34-38” high, off the nose of the tread.
The deck in the house we just bought is only 2 feet above grade with no railing and no posts. How can I install a railing with no posts to stiffen the railing. With the deck only 2 feet high there is no way to reach under the deck to secure railings. Someone can easily fall off the deck accidently and hurt themselves.
Place the handrail on the posts with the angle cut at the upper end against the building. Align the edges of the handrail uniformly at the inner and outer posts. Attach the handrail to each post by driving three, 3-inch deck screws in a triangular configuration through the handrail, using the drill with a screw-tip attachment.
Stair Handrail for the Back Porch. Rick, from St. Louis, installed the railing pictured above on the back of a rental home. The C50 Simple Rail allows a railing to be installed on steps of just about any angle. The C50 Outdoor Stair Railing is especially easy to install; no pipe cutting or drilling is required. Simply mount the bases and everything else attaches with an Allen wrench or hammer.
How to Build Wood Deck Handrails By: Danny Lipford To give a deck that perfect finishing touch, as well as to address safety concerns, it needs to have a handrail around it.
Replace a wobbly old outdoor handrail with a rock solid one by using strong concrete anchors. We show you how to design and attach one to your steps. A new iron handrail on the front steps will enhance your home’s curb appeal, but the real benefit is the added safety it provides. Whether you need ...
Install a Matching Wood Handrail on the Wall Side of Your Stairs for Eye-Appeal and Stair Safety Secure a second decorative wood handrail to the wall on the opposite side of your staircase. The second stair railing adds interest and eye-appeal to the bare wall and, more importantly, provides additional safety for people as they go up or down the stairs.
Whether your outdoor steps are concrete or wood, providing a handrail adds safety and may be required by your local codes. This procedure will be for steps coming off a wooden deck between posts.
In this video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva builds a perfect-fit handrail. Steps: 1. Measure and mark the railing height of 36 inches onto the porch posts. 2. Use two sliding measuring sticks to determine the distance between porch posts.