Starting Easing - Stair Handrails
A starting easing is located at the bottom of the staircase, but the top of the handrail. It usually attaches over a newel post and then gradually curves upwards until it dies into the banister. The picture below provides you with an excellent example of a stair handrail that's using a starting easing.
These handrailing components come in a variety of
different shapes and sizes and can be ordered in almost any type of wood
imaginable. One of the most popular hardwoods used today for stair
handrails is Oak.
A while ago, some of the building codes changed that affect how or where a starting easing or the first newel post can actually be located. Some of these building codes require the handrail banister to extend at least 12 inches beyond the front edge of the bottom stair step.
If you're planning on remodeling an existing stairway are building a new home that is going to require a set of stairs, do yourself a favor and check with your local Building and Safety Department for more information.
Stairs / Stair Glossary
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