|Project by RussInMichigan||posted 10-09-2011 02:59 PM||1353 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
Some seventy-something friends around the corner have two sections of stairs going to their basement. The lower section, the longer of the two, had no handrail at all and the upper section had a 3/4 inch dowel which was very difficult to grip.
To make the stairwell safe for them, my wife and I installed a post at the bottom of the long stretch, then a put in a 2 X 4 for a backer for the handrail. For the upper, short, section we anchored a 1 X 4 to the wall studs. Then, we put in solid oak handrails on solid brass supports.
The pictures here show everything as we built it with the raw wood. After getting the install right, we pulled the handrails, finished them with a couple coats of wipe on polyurethane, sanded, primed and painted the post and backers and reinstalled. Now, it’s much easier, and safer, for them to negotiate their stairwell.