Porch stair railing – An outside staircase leading to a raised porch is a potential safety hazard for young or old children, especially during inclement weather. Because no handrail or railing is mounted on the wall along the ladder, people ascending or descending the stairs have nothing to hold on to in case they suddenly pop out or fall off. Installing a simple wooden railing on the wall reduces the risk of injury, providing a solid, weight bearing surface to hold. Ensure that the height of the railing installation meets the local building code requirements.
How to add a porch stair railing. Check the building codes in your area for proper rail mounting height above stair steps. Although codes vary within the United States, most require lanes at a height of 34 to 36 inches. Place a tape measure flush against the wall of the highest ladder. Measure 36 inches up the ladder and mark the point on the wall with a pencil. Draw a line of chalk on the wall along the ladder, directly over the two pencil marks. This inclined line highlights the location of the stair railing on the wall. Align the rail on the chalk line along the wall, with an assistant holding each end. Make sure your bottom edge falls flush on the line.
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Then to add a porch stair railing. Slide the tip of a marker through each screw hole at the bottom edge of the rail and form a mark at the corresponding point on the wall. Do this for all screw holes. Set the railing aside. Measure the length of an anchor. Insert a drill bit that matches its length into a hand drill. Hold the drill firmly and keep the pressure constant while drilling a hole through each marked point on the wall of the screw holes. Insert an anchor into each hole. Touch the opening of the anchor to guide it through the hole to be flush with the surface of the surrounding brick wall. Assign helpers to prop up the railing against the wall.