Simple stair railing kits do not require the hiring of a contractor or craftsman. You can build your own. The construction of a custom railing for your residence is an afternoon project with little knowledge of carpentry required. Place the level on top of the existing railing. Mark the location of the top surface of the rail with your pencil. Make the line level at the top of the wall. If there is no existing handrail, continue with Step 2.
Measure the desired height of the top of each step. Mark the height on the wall at each step. Average heights range from 30 inches to 36 inches. Extend the mark measuring tape to the upper lower mark. Look for brands that are not in line with the tape. Adjust unruly marks. Measure from the front of the tread to where the lower landing part begins. This is the length of the handrail.
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Find the asparagus along the staircase using the study finder along the staircase. Studs are commonly set 16 inches apart. Mark every third bolt as you find it. Put horizontal marks along the line drawn by the height of the handrails. Attach a handrail bracket to the first marked bolt. Use the drill and screws to fix the bracket. Assemble each successive support in the same way.