Stair Building Ideas For Design And Construction

Over Post Railing - Stair Handrail Construction

Over post railing would be any hand railing that goes over a post, instead of butting into a post. A good example would be the picture below where the upper handrail or banister goes over each structural post.

Using Newel Posts And Handrailing

The most important tip I could give anyone, when selecting a newel post or any other posts that are going to be used under your handrailing, would be to make sure that everything is going to work.

In the picture above, the stair handrail is using 4x4 posts and a 2 x 6 cap to create the banister. If you were building an interior stairway with a 4 inch wide newel and a 2 inch banister, you could be in trouble.

A 2 inch banister won't go over a 4 inch post without some type of adjustments. You're probably wondering why I'm mentioning this, isn't this common sense and wouldn't anyone who works in the construction business, understand the philosophy behind selecting the correct stair parts.

I'm not even going to bother answering that question, I will let you try to figure that one out on your own. However, if I had a nickel for every stair part that I received, that didn't work or need to be modified, I would probably be able to buy a really nice steak dinner, and a fancy restaurant.


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