Are you getting ready to install a handrail using a handrail kit? Getting it right is important, both for your safety and for the look and feel of the finished product. If you’re new to home handyman projects, check out these tips for using a handrail kit in order to finish like a professional.
Tips for Using a Handrail Kit
Ah, the joys of do-it-yourself home maintenance. Have you ever been watching a home improvement show and thought the projects looked like a cinch, only to be surprised by how complicated it was once you did it on your own? If that’s you, don’t feel bad. There’s a learning curve when it comes to home improvement projects, which is why it’s always a good idea to look for hints from the experts when you’re doing them. We’re here to help!
What Is a Handrail Kit?
A handrail kit is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a complete package that not only includes the handrail you need, but also the mounts, screws, and other hardware you will use to successfully complete the installation. A handrail kit will also come with instructions to guide you through the installation. Many home handymen prefer purchasing handrail kits to sourcing individual pieces from hardware stores.
How Can I Make Sure My Handrail Installation Goes Well?
So, now you have the parts and some basic instructions too. How can you make sure you do it right? Here are some tips we’d recommend for anyone who is using a handrail kit, whether they’re a novice or a pro:
- Make sure you’re up for the job. A simple handrail installation is a relatively easy task for a do-it-yourselfer. However, banisters and other free-standing handrails can require more complex work. Building codes, ADA compliance, and other considerations also need to be a part of your planning. Be sure to do your research before you purchase a handrail kit.
- Even though the handrail has the individual parts you need to complete the installation, you’ll still need to have some of your own tools handy. Make sure you have a hammer, drill and drill bits, tape measure, stud finder, and level before you begin working. You will also want to have a way to mark the wall.
- In order to install a handrail securely, you will need to use the studs in the wall. Studs are typically 16 inches apart horizontally, so once you find one, finding the others should be relatively easy.
- Be sure to measure carefully during installation. A handrail should be positioned 36 inches above the nosing of the stairs in order to provide adequate support. This is both an ADA-compliant measurement and a general best practice for handrail installation.
- While do-it-yourself home improvement projects can be a fun solo hobby, this project will be easier for you if you have some help. Railing installation requires a lot of hands to hold things steady and ensure precise measurements are followed.
If you need more assistance, contact a railing expert in your area.
Are you ready to buy a handrail kit? We’re here to help. Check out our full inventory online, and if you have questions, give us a call.
At Aluminum Handrail Direct, we are committed to providing high-quality aluminum handrails that are durable, maintenance-free, affordable, and attractive. If you have questions about aluminum handrails or if you are searching for a handrail system that fits your needs, call us at 417-409-3179 or 888-518-9890 (toll-free) or visit Aluminum Handrail Direct’s online store today. We offer handrails, wall mounts, mounting screws and anchors, touch-up spray paint, and much more. We look forward to hearing from you!