|Forum topic by jeth||posted 02-06-2016 11:00 PM||507 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
02-06-2016 11:00 PM
Hello all.. I’ve been asked to put in a price for a few sections of handrail/balustrade and It’s something I’ve never done before. All my reference books are furniture based and an online search throws up lots of vids and tutorials, but all of them seem to cover the installation of a standard stair rail on wooden steps. The job I have been offered is for poured concrete steps. The info I can find for install on concrete steps is for typical exterior applications using brackets and specialist hardware.. neither the look or approach I am interested in.
So, any pros here with experience who could share some tips for me. I can pretty much work out how to get the job done but would be helpful to have some hints to make life easier, especially with regard to the usual assembly sequence for this type of install.
Probably easiest if I tell you what I have figured out so far and you can help me to fill in the gaps or correct me where I’m way off mark.
What I am not sure about is if I should assemble the rail in the workshop and trim the ends of the upper/lower rails to fit on site, or assemble everything on site. I am also unsure as to the best method of fixing the balusters. As they will not meet a level surface at the bottom end, any dowel or tenon used will have to be angled. The top and bottom of the balusters could slip into a wide groove on the bottom/top of the upper/lower rail and the spaces be filled with fillets to lock them in position but I am not sure how secure that would be. The advantage would be that I would cut each baluster on site to sit plumb. I am concerned that if I pre-assemble, or even pre mortise the rails then my angle might not be spot on once everything is installed and it might look odd if the balusters aren’t perfectly plumb.
How do folks go about this normally? Any tips I will be very grateful.