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Installing Handrails to Round Columns



1. Mark the desired height of the Rail on the Column where the Rail is to be attached.

NOTE: Local building codes may dictate the Rail height for your particular installation. Be sure to check with your building code official to determine the proper Handrail height.

2. Temporarily hold the Handrail in place. Use a carpenter's pencil to draw the curvature of the Column onto the top of the Handrail. Use a coping saw to cut the curvature into the end of the Handrail.

3. With the coped end of the Rail held in place, mark and accurately cut the Rail to length.

Detail Drawing of Installtion


4. A rust-resistant corner brace (i.e. Stanley 1-1/2" zinc plated metal corner brace or equivalent) will be mounted to the Handrail with rust-resistant screws and to the Column with toggle bolts (hollow wall anchors). Corner braces can be found locally at most home improvement stores. Mark the Column at the bottom of the Handrail. It may be necessary to sand a small area on the Column to provide a flat mounting surface for the corner brace.

5. Temporarily hold the corner brace in place where the bottom of the Handrail will be and mark the holes in the corner brace on the Column. Pre-drill pilot holes in the Column for toggle bolts.

6. Set the Handrail in place and attach the corner brace to the bottom of the Rail using rust-resistant wood screws.

7. Apply paintable silicone sealant to the joint between Column and Handrail.

Important Additional Info

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