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Dwelling code imposition on landscape stairs

TL;DR Put in the Handrail and Be Happy It Isn't Worse A handrail is clearly a good idea on a steep set of stairs like that. If it was only 2 or 3 steps, no big deal. If the steps were each much longer ...
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How can I fix railings that lack newel posts?

With the limited space on the right side. Here's a couple ideas that may help you. Buy or build yourself a pair of stair posts. If you choose to purchase, they come in all sorts of different sizes ...
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Dwelling code imposition on landscape stairs

Don't know if it's up to code where you are, but a rope handrail might be a simple option. They fit in with the rustic look, it'd be attachable simply to the rockface without too complex a curve. Some ...
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How can I fix railings that lack newel posts?

If your house will always be occupied by sedate adults and slow seniors, then you should install newel posts or stub half-walls (per Doc306). But if you have teenagers, or children who will become ...
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Stair Handrail loose, but not due to screws loose

A cardboard or soft aluminium (from a drink can) shim sounds like an excellent solution to the problem. You want it just thick enough that the screws into the handrail cause the loop to grip tightly ...
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Attach bath grab bar into tiles with cement board backer (without those special behind the wall anchors)

Nope. Not even with those special anchors. Any such bar should be able to support 200 lbs. While it might, for a while, it'll weaken over time and let go at a very inopportune moment. Such hardware ...
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Can a handrail with a baluster channel be used with wall brackets?

Yes, that is a Type 1 handrail and is legal if: 1) it’s at least 1 1/4” in diameter and not more than 2”, 2) if it’s not circular, (which yours is not) it must have a perimeter of at least 4” and not ...
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Can a handrail with a baluster channel be used with wall brackets?

The hand rail you chose will work with practically any handrail wall brackets on the market, if you choose to use that type. Do a search online for "handrail wall brackets" You will see the part that ...
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Can a handrail with a baluster channel be used with wall brackets?

Maybe, but it is not a good choice. Like Kris' comment said, this is made for the top of spindles. It will look funny IMO. You may need to notch the inside to accommodate the wall bracket (depends ...
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extend height of wooden railing

Although it is a nuisance to remove all those banisters, it might be feasible to add a similar number of them. Install new banisters between the old ones, but extending upward 25% to 50% longer. ...
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Handrail in center of stairs?

The Code requires the stair width to be 36” ABOVE the handrail and 27” width at the handrails and lower. (See IRC R311.7.1) Only one handrail is required. (See IRC R311.7.8) (In commercial projects, ...
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How to secure a rail butting up to the wall

Any type of anchor/bracket at one end is not enough, unless there is more support along the length/other end. Six feet makes a good lever. With good wood behind, a couple of good size screws driven ...
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extend height of wooden railing

Have you thought if it do you like the idea of adding a industrial looking pipe hand rail? (I think black would look great).You could do a 6” or so version of the kind of mounting seen in this bunk ...
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For deck stairs adjacent & parallel to the house wall do I need handrails on both sides?

No, one handrail is required on stairs with 4 or more RISERS. (R311.7.7.) it needs to have a minimum of 1 1/2" clear from the handrail to the wall and shall be mounted not less than 30" nor more than ...
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What tools to cut square post hole in composite decking board?

There is also this type of saw that may work ok for this job: This type has a lot more control than a larger reciprocating saw because the base rests on the surface of the decking board. These do ...
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What tools to cut square post hole in composite decking board?

What are the common methods for this type of job? The one you described, plus:
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Dwelling code imposition on landscape stairs

The general consensus seems to be that if the stairs are not part of an attached deck or part of access/egress to/from the house (leading from street or driveway to door, for instance) then IRC does ...
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Dwelling code imposition on landscape stairs

There isn't a choice but to add rails. That is one steep set of stairs with weird angles. And obviously the home expensive - lawsuit waiting to happen. The rails are going to be a bigger deal ...
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Fixing a wooden stair railing connection that came loose

This is a tough situation since you'd be in for a pound if you went in for a penny. Everything is interconnected and somewhat land-locked, so to speak. Given that you probably don't want to pull any ...
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Do I need steel beams (rebar) for a very short block wall (on top of

Yes, you should add rebar across the joint between to old and new block wall. Do this by using a masonry drill (preferably a hammer drill) and drill 3-6" vertically down into the existing block wall ...
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What hardware was used for this handrail? What would you use?

That could be as simple as gas pipe surrounding a good sized lag bolt... If it was me, I'd counterbore the pipe about 1/2" into the post and rail to stiffen it up.
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Handrail in center of stairs?

Stairs are to be at a minimum of 36" wide. If you place the rail in the middle, that surely would not meet code. I have to check, but code may require you to put a handrail on either side as it is. ...
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Hanging a handrail

There may not be any vertical studs (apart from at each end). It could just be a bottom plate and a top plate, to essentially form a rectangular frame which the cladding fixed onto top and bottom. ...
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Problem with getting handrail flange bracket tight to post

I am inclined to agree with Jack in the initial comments here that the bracket shown is what not going to ever be able to constrain the post to no movement. At best the depth of engagement of the post ...
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Stairways Hand Rail requirements

The ICC R311.7.8 of the 2017 (current) Code requires the handrail to be no less than 1 1/4” diameter and no greater than 2” diameter. It is to be installed no less than 30” above the nosing of the ...
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Stairways Hand Rail requirements

Residential stair handrails that are circular (like rope) need to be minimum 1 1/4" diameter; is that 1 1/4" rope? Residential stair handrails are supposed to be not less than 34" from the tread, and ...
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extend height of wooden railing

You could install new balusters in between the existing ones to reduce the gap to modern standards. These new ones could extend 6 inches and support an upper rail, which could be a bit smaller than ...
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How to fix loose box newel handrail post

To remove the post, I had to remove the trim piece under the handrail. It was held in with very fine brad nails and I had to wedge a putty knife in there to get it loose. That allowed me to remove the ...
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How to secure a rail butting up to the wall

If you have good wood behind that drywall and don't want a visible bracket, I'd say that's a good use for a pocket screw. Picture is of a random pocket-hole kit from the Internet, but they all use ...
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Dwelling code imposition on landscape stairs

Whether the Inspector is right or wrong, I agree with some of the other guys that a handrail would not only be functional but would add a clean and architectural element to the wall and break up the ...
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