Newel Post - Stairway Handrail Building
A newel post is usually located at the beginning or end of a stairway, but can be located through out the handrailing system. They come in a variety of different shapes and sizes and can be made out of different materials. The picture below provides you with an excellent example of a wood newel post, that's located at the base of the staircase.
Newell Post Installation Advice
The best advice I could get any stair builder or do-it-yourselfer,
before installing a newel post is to make sure that it's installed
correctly. Make sure that it doesn't move and that it's not going to
move in the future.
Believe it or not, there are a few building codes that provide inspectors and home builders with specific pressure requirements. If a building inspector doesn't feel that your handrailing system has been installed correctly, they can always request a pressure test.
This isn't common, but I can tell you one thing as a stair builder, you're not going to be interested in finding someone with the right equipment to do this test or paying additional money for something that is going to fail anyway.
How Can You Avoid A Stair Handrailing Pressure Test?
By installing sturdy newel posts and creating a handrail that doesn't move or wiggle. This might take some creative woodworking, but it needs to be done.
Testing Stairway Handrails - Concentrated Load of 200 P.S.I.
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