I have a question installing a iron handrail for some stairs outside of my house. I don't have a wide enough walk way to surface mount the handrail to the level surface of the stairs and walk way so I have opted to put in concrete piers, 6 inches in diameter, down below frost level to embed the posts to the handrail. There are only two steps at this entrance, so it's a very short rail. The handrail's two balusters are one inch square.

My question is, am I overdoing this and is there a simpler/better way? Do I need concrete piers down below frost for something as 'simple' as a free standing handrail ?

Edit: Additional Details;

Here is the area in question. The iron handrail would be installed on the right hand side, nearer the house. Side entrance, location of handrail installation

This is the schematic of the iron handrail its self with it's one inch iron posts.

Schematic of iron handrail being installed

  • Can you tell us more about the stairs? Wood? Concrete? Metal? If you put a link to a picture in comments, someone can incorporate that into your question. May 21 '18 at 0:27
  • The potential leverage force on a freestanding balustrade as pictured means it will need phenomenally strong foundations. It is a shame you can't find a design where one end attaches to the house wall. This would mean much lighter foundations.
    – handyman
    May 22 '18 at 22:52

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