I want to install a stairway handrail, but the lower part of the wall is covered by an old marble panelling that cannot be drilled. So the only place I can attach brackets to the wall is above this panel (about 44 inches above the stair level). That is about 6 inches too high for the rail. So I am looking for some solution that will allow me to have the rail be 6 inches BELOW where the brackets attach to the wall. We have tried installing regular curved brackets upside down. This does get the rail to the right height, but it looks ridiculous (it looks like someone installed a handrail upside down). Does anyone know of a bracket that is actually designed for this purpose - ie, sits above the rail but attaches below it? Or any other kind of solution? Thanks!

As found stairwell

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    Why do you think marble cannot be drilled? I have drilled holes in stone, glass and marble... Or are you scared of drilling in the wrong place?
    – Solar Mike
    Jul 15, 2022 at 21:22
  • Hi - a contractor who has worked with similar buildings told us that its very likely to crack and not to risk it. Jul 15, 2022 at 22:13
  • Does the marble panels stick out from the upper wall(is there a small ledge)? How wide are the stairs?
    – crip659
    Jul 15, 2022 at 22:27
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    I have to agree I have drilled quite a few holes in Victorian era marble and a fresh bit or core saw with a slow speed usually works the older the marble the better as it is usually better quality. If there are a lot of veins only use a core saw (like a hole saw with carbide bits at the end) a twist type will fracture veins in the marble.
    – Ed Beal
    Jul 16, 2022 at 1:44
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    lets respect your decision not to drill in marble, so you need metal hinges/stripes extensions
    – Ruskes
    Jul 16, 2022 at 2:29


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