Question by  willyunger (43)

How do you build a handrail?

I don't have much experience building, but am trying to save money and add the rail on my deck myself.


Answer by  builderboy (18)

Run a 2x4 horizontal along the deck, space vertical 2x4's at 1 ft centers and 36" tall and cap with another horizontal 2x4. Put 2 nails per vertical leg.


Answer by  JohnHolmes (2660)

Place posts every 6 feet or fewer feet across the deck. Then use two by four lumbar or other materiel to make the rails no more than 18 inches apart.


Answer by  Ronaldo91 (345)

Depending on how ornate you would like the handrail to be you will need a variety of tools, including a router, planer and power drills as wood would be the cheapest option. A lathe might also be useful if you want to include any decorated fittings. Be sure to use treated timber and weatherseal it to prevent rot.


Answer by  LeenaNair (43)

Mark the locations on your stairs where the newel posts will be fitted.Lay the newels on the floor in preparation for lculate the required height for the newels and cut the newel posts according to the stall the newel posts at the appropriate point.Attach the handrail.

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