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What are some tips for installing hand rails for stairs?

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Some tips for installing hand rails include marking the studs by using a stud finder before beginning and allowing the epoxy to harden for about two hours when joining sections together. Also, plan ahead and ensure all the tools for the job are available before beginning.

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It typically takes an entire day to install a new hand rail and ensure the hand rail meets or exceeds building codes in the area. If possible, try to slightly extend the rail beyond the top and bottom steps, as this allows people to grasp the railing quickly and hold on longer to maintain balance.

Before shopping for a new hand rail, measure the nosing at the top of the landing to the floor at the bottom, and then add two feet. This is the right amount of rail material for the product, which is available at home improvement stores and lumberyards. Hardwood rails, such as oak, tend to be more expensive, as of 2015, and other woods, such as poplar and pine, are more affordable. In addition to buying the rail, it is also necessary to have brackets, 90-second epoxy, and about 4 feet of 2-by-4 wood. Also, make sure to buy enough brackets, as it is necessary to have two at the top, one at the bottom and one about every four feet.

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