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Stairway Railing / Banister Code Requirements

I've recently been remodeling my staircase leading upstairs and have a question regarding the necessary alterations to meet code requirements. The goal is to keep the staircase as open as possible to ...
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Railing over tall Retaining wall

I have leveling my slopped backyard. In order to leveled it, the retaining wall will be 5.5' tall and 20 feet long. we are using AB classic (8 in. H x 12 in. D x 18 in. ) weight 75 lbs. Is it ok go ...
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how to fix bent iron rail

My contractor hit the iron rail with a bulldozer and dented it pretty bad. Cannot find him now (maybe got Covid). How to fix this myself? torch it then beat it? Thanks in advance.
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Fix stair railing which has nails on the end

It looks like end of my stair railing was attached to the wall with four small nails, and it has come off. I tried pushing it back to the wall, but cannot get it to align to the original position (...
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Do I have to meet current code when replacing deck railing posts?

I replaced the pressure-treated lumber on my 1990 built deck and it matched what was there. The 4x4 rail post spacing width is 7 feet apart. I noticed recently that rail post spacing ...
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Stairs railing restoration

I have noticed that some of my stair railing coating has been chipping off, clearly due to wear and tear uses. I have an elderly person living in the house and has to hold the railing right to use ...
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How to secure rope around an eye bolt?

I built a tree house for my kids and I’m in the process of putting up the railings. I’ve installed the 4x4 posts And I plan to run a 2x4 on top of the posts, but for the middle and bottom rail I’m ...
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How can I eliminate wobble in my surface-mounted deck railing posts?

The 4x4 posts for the railings on my deck are attached to the surface (2x6 boards) using plastic post anchors with lag screws rather than going through the surface and attaching to the joists. The ...
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Where should I put the railing post in my deck design?

I'm in the process of building a deck. Frame/rim joists are now complete, and I'm working on the blocking for the picture frame and screw-in aluminum posts. I am planning on picture framing the steps ...
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Load bearing columns and railing

I have a porch railing in which I am certain the columns are load bearing, however, my wife wants me to remove the railing portion. My question is, is this safe to do? Does the railing serve any ...
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Soundproofing tape outdoor

I'm thinking about using soundproofing resilient tape on my balcony, mostly because rain sometime hits the metal railing and the noise bothers me. I was wondering if such material is flame resistant, ...
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Vertical position of cable railing tightening anchors for stairs

I am installing cable railing parallel and below my stair banister. They will be anchored in the newel posts. I am using a simple anchor (picture right) on one side and a tightening one (picture left) ...
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Cutting and defraying metal railing cable

I am new to installing railing metal cable. One problem that I encountered is that, when I cut the cable with a grinder, it leaves the end slightly wider than the cable and often frayed threads so ...
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Stair case shoerail minimum width and extending width of closed stringer

Hopefully a quick question for someone. I have a closed stair stringer that used to be embedded in a non load bearing wall that has been removed leaving only the ~1 1/2" stair stringer remaining....
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Suggestions for building plywood landing and connecting to concrete stoop?

I would like to add a plywood landing to the garage and kitchen door entryway from the concrete stoop. The Cinder block garage, which was built later and abuts the house, has a horizontal crack that ...
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Will pressure-treated lumber shrink enough to cause failure of roof flashing around it?

We need to replace the flat roof on our balcony deck. In the process we also need to replace the balcony deck railing. The salesman for our contractor recommended a wooden railing to match what we ...
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How to install deck railing top board slanted

I'm building the railings for my new deck and plan to use a 2x6 as the top board. 4x4 posts, 2x4 rails. How can I make it a bit slanted to help shed rain water with minimal tools? (No table saw, no ...
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How to anchor railings into concrete correctly

Where I live the most popular way to anchor railings or fence into concrete is a method that I cannot find any reference about it on the web. A 7mm hole is drilled into concrete and then a 8mm steel ...
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Affixing a sail shade to balcony railing with a pole

I need suggestion on how to put up a triangular sun shade sail over my balcony. There are already two pre-drilled holes on the wall where I can hook up the two corners. Now is the third corner of the ...
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Attaching wood railing to cement

I want to remove the metal railing and put in a proper wood railing. I was planning on cutting the pipe flush with the cement and then using a bracket to connect my 4x4. However, when they put in the ...
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How to polish welding at 90 degree curves?

We have given contract to the local railings constructor and they have put the railing Balusters on the floor along with clips to put glass on. I am satisfied with their work so far, only thing that ...
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How to best connect anodized aluminum and wood posts

I have added an anodized aluminum guardrail to the edge of my raised patio on one side. The other sides are surrounded by wood guardrails. The wood posts are roughly 3" x 3" pine, and the ...
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Attaching surface mount deck railing posts directly above a 5 1/8" Rim joist

eI am installing a deck railing that will be directly above 5 1/8" x 11" glue laminated deck beam along the front of the deck. Along the sides of the deck, it will be doubled up 2x10 joists. I can't ...
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Using rope & net for deck railing

I'm looking to make a deck railing similar to this idea. 1-1/2" unmanila (synthetic manila) rope, with netting. In case, there will be rope at the top and bottom of the net, but that's beside the ...
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What is this fence-like feature on colonial roofs?

I've seen this feature from time to time on both commercial and residential buildings exhibiting some form of colonial-style architecture. It's essentially a fence on top of a roof. Does this feature ...
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US residential stair railing code: What is the requirement for terminating an open railing?

We're trying to pick out railings for our house. Our stairs are going to have an open side and we want to use a modern railing system such as this one: You can find plenty of similar images for ...
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Stair Rails Wall Side

I want to put stair rails on the wall on 2 flights of steps in house. From some online searching people say to put rail on right side wall coming down the stairs. This is fine on one set of steps ...
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How can I mate a stair skirt flush with the drywall below?

Any ideas on making this flush?
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Attach 2x4 to a warping 2x4 wood rail?

I have a 2x4 wood rail between two 4x4 wood columns. It looks something like the drawing below: The 2x4 rail is warping a little bit, so I want to attach a 2x4 under it so that it can straighten the ...
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Custom rail for a spiral staircase

I have (foolishly) bought an oak spiral staircase on craigslist. I was able to use the treads OK, but I'm completely unable to fit the rail that came with it. So I need to construct a custom one. I'm ...
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Deck stairs pulling apart and railing wobbly

My deck stairs which are supported by ledger strips keep pulling away the stringer. Last year I used a clamp to squeeze them back together but they pulled away again. The railing also is wobbly. ...
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How do I repair my stair bannister?

My stairs bannister are made of small wood posts nailed to the ramp. The whole thing have always been quite fragile. After 10 years, a couple posts came loose and most show a gap between the posts and ...
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How can I repair this leaning deck railing?

It appears more drastic in person. This deck railing is leaning inward, and I'm wondering how one might go about leveling it up? Willing to replace 4x4 supports if necessary. The posts towards the ...
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extend height of wooden railing [closed]

My house has a loft with a wooden railing. The railing is only 30" high - apparently allowed because builder called it "unfinished storage space", or not "habitable" space, which means it could ...
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Attaching a surface-mount deck post into tripled-up joists?

My existing deck has a railing system that has no posts - just wooden ballusters secured to doubled-up joists on the ends and to the rim joist on the edge. I'm interested in switching to a composite ...
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Wood rail on concrete steps

I currently have a metal step rail that is straight and spans three steps leading up to my front porch; it is the typical cheap metal railing you commonly see. It is at the end of its life, so my ...
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How can I secure a loose iron railing on a concrete step?

My backyard stairs are concrete and the railing has been getting loose. I can now move it. What should I do to fix it? Do I need a professional?
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Asphalt patching

I want to build a fence on one edge of a parking place beside my house, which is paved with asphalt. The parking place is sloped and uneven on its edge where the fence is to be installed. I'm thinking ...
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Uneven poles for fence with wood railing?

What can I do if the steel poles used for a fence are uneven? They're all supposed to be the same height, but for some reason, they're uneven (ie. surface is uneven, the welder din't measure correctly,...
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US Building Codes - Do I need a handrail on this initial section of stairs?

I realize that building codes tend to vary by jurisdiction, but I'm wondering, in general, do I need a hand railing and/or guardrail on this initial section of stairs as shown in orange? My hope is ...
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How do I remove water trapped within wrought iron railing?

In the process of repainting my wrought iron fence, I had discovered that in a few of the rails, water started to leak out at the weld joints attached to the bottom rail while removing paint & ...
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How can I remove a carpet stamp?

I am not really sure what to call this, so for right now I am just calling it a carpet stamp. But really it's an indentation that was made by some sturdy iron railing fixed on to my living room floor. ...
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Replacing the railing on an old rock retaining wall

This house was built in the mid 1950s. I assume the rock wall was built at the same time. It has an old railing that is not attached anymore and needs to be replaced. My current plan is to cut off the ...
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Why is woodwork relatively meager in modern homes? [closed]

I notice that older houses tend to have much more massive and finely wrought woodwork than new homes. For example, here is a railing from an early 20th century house: Notice the elaborate paneling on ...
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Rails for fence?

We're working on installing a fence in our roof. I want it to have a minimalist look (something like this without the top rail), so that it doesn't interfere with the view. We've already installed ...
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Distance at bottom of porch railings

Is there a standard distance between steps and bottom of porch step railings? What I am referring to is if you measure the distance from a step to the railing above it. The distance I measured was ...
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DIY cable railing corner post configuration?

Using Steeltek pipe fittings to create a corner railing over a half lower level. My plan was to have the uprights and top & bottom rails made from the galvanized pipe & fittings and use cable ...
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Attaching newel post to joist

I'm in the process of replacing some cabinets with a guard rail and need to attach a few newel posts to the floor. From what I've read it sounds like the Sure-Tite, lag bolt, method is very sturdy. It ...
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Stiffen up slanted deck railing

Just got a mountain "cabin" and the angled/slanted deck railing is a bit loose; just enough to instill some fear in those wanting to lean over and take in the view. Here's a shot of what I'm dealing ...
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How to Repair Wobbly Banister Post

I have a banister post that can tilt toward the stairs. It is pretty sturdy when pushing away from the stairs. I have cut the carpet around it to try to see how it is attached, but cannot. On the ...
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