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Watch this video and learn how-to make deck stair rails.
Deck Stair Rails provided by King Architectural Metals
So you are a DIY‘er who enjoys saving your money while completing your own home improvement projects the right way.
It sounds like you and I have much in common.
My name is Mitchell Dllman, I have spent most of my life working with tools as a professional home building contractor. Today I will share with you some helpful tips and tricks I have learned over the years how-to make deck stair rails; more specifically I will show you how to save money on decorative iron railings.
Specializing in the construction and remodeling of custom homes, I have had the distinct pleasure of working on many impressive deck projects. I have always considered myself to be a real hands-on contractor who believes in giving the customer the very best quality work possible for the best price available.
But when it comes to completing the iron deck and stair railings which many home owners desire, it always seemed like we were having to call in a fabrication company that specialized in decorative iron railings. And you know any time you start calling ‘specialists’ the dollar signs always seem to grow.
That was then and this is now.
With continued advancements in technology, many home owners and DIY’ers are quickly discovering the price and availability of many power tools is making do-it-yourself projects like iron railings much more affordable and easily achievable. And whether you know it or not, basic welding is really a snap to learn. For many it is simply a matter of getting over their fear of sparks.
In the video above, I demonstrate how easy it is for just about anyone to weld their own deck stair rails.
You will see, I am using an entry level Lincoln MIG welder which I purchased at a local home improvement store. These welders are reasonably priced and when you consider all of the DIY projects you will be able to complete you will quickly agree, these little 115 volt, wire feed welders are worth their weight in gold.
Measure twice cut once.
When it comes to learning how-to make deck stair rails, one of the most important steps is knowing what to measure and how to measure it.
The three critical measurements to remember when preparing to make stair rails are:
- The run of the stairs
- Where the rails will fasten to the stairs
- The angle of the stairs.
Because every set of stairs is different it is always best to take detailed notes. I like to draw up a sketch and write my notes next to each component, taking time to label every detail.
While it is generally understood that ‘the run” or total going of the stairs is the horizontal distance from the first riser to the last riser, in the case of hand-rails, it is easier to calculate the total length pulling down the stairs as seen in the video. You will see I like to calculate ‘the run’ simply by measuring from the top of the top step to the top of the bottom step.
The Fastening Points.
Most deck stairs will have posts in place that support the hand or safety railings. These posts typically make the best location to attach and fasten your hand rails.
The easiest method for figuring the dimensions is to simply measure down from the front of the top step to the center point of each post.
There are several methods to calculate the exact angle, or pitch line, of every set of stairs. Perhaps the easiest technique to determine the angle of your specific set of deck stairs is to use an inexpensive protractor type angle finder.
Another effective technique for establishing the slope or pitch of the stairs is to calculate the ratio between the rise and the run. This is also sometimes called the rake of the stairs. The pitch line is the imaginary line along the tip of the nosing of the treads.
When making deck stair rails, it is important to determine the exact angle of your stairs as you will see in the video.
Note: If you are constructing all of the railings for your new deck and want to see a short demonstration of ‘how-to’ weld them yourself, watch this video: “How-to Weld Wrought Iron Rails”
Ordering materials for your new deck stair rails.
Now that you have taken all the necessary measurements it’s time to order your deck stair rail components. Take time now to conduct your own research to determine your best source for these materials. While local steel yards are a good place to start you may want to consider looking Online.
I purchase my deck stair rails and related components from King Architectural Metals . King Architectural Metals has a variety of quality hand rails and they can normally deliver within a day or two of placing my order.
Fabricating your new deck stair rails.
Once you have obtained all the parts and pieces needed to complete your new rails it’s time to get busy. Let’s face it, this is where ‘the rubber meets the road’ . Even thought we all have different skill levels and we all have different tools, when it comes time to fabricate your own deck stair rails, just take it one step at a time and you will easily achieve your goals.
Hope this is helpful. Remember to post your comments and questions. I am always here and happy to help.
P.S. Are you looking for more DIY projects? How about some new furniture for you deck?
- Steepest Stairs and Wacky Measurements (rootsoftheequation.wordpress.com)
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