Wall Rail Bracket - Gripable Stair Handrailing
Wall rail brackets are used to connect the gripable handrail to the finished wall. The picture below provides you with an excellent example of a polished metal wall bracket. You can add as many wall brackets as you need to, in order to create a strong handrailing.
Gripable Handrailing Backing
It's not uncommon to find a home that was framed without any handrailing
backing. Even when I do install gripable handrail backing, I've went
back to the job site, when the stairway was completely finished, only to
find that the finish Carpenter never even used my backing.
It wouldn't be a bad idea to install wall rail bracket backing at the bottom or top, of the stairway. All you need to do is grab a few scrap pieces of 2 x 10 and cut them to fit in between the wall framing studs, at the desired heights.
If you're handrailing needs to be between 34 and 38 inches, it wouldn't be a bad idea to place the top of the 2 x 10 at 36 inches. This should provide the finish Carpenter with enough backing to attach the wall rail brackets to.
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