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IamVince
01-09-2009, 08:14 PM
These stairs will not see much use but they still need a hand rail.
I'm normally a wood guy but they have seen my welds and let me do this.
plum and straight right?
I used my hd 180 with flux core .035 wire.The hand rail is like 18ga so welder set at A and 1.5 wire speed
http://img510.imageshack.us/img510/2492/handrail006wm6.jpg (http://img510.imageshack.us/my.php?image=handrail006wm6.jpg)
http://img353.imageshack.us/img353/7576/handrail009hr7.jpg (http://img353.imageshack.us/my.php?image=handrail009hr7.jpg)
http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/655/handrail012kt5.jpg (http://img528.imageshack.us/my.php?image=handrail012kt5.jpg)
http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/3954/handrail002od4.jpg (http://img98.imageshack.us/my.php?image=handrail002od4.jpg)
http://img509.imageshack.us/img509/2441/handrailpainted007dt1.jpg (http://img509.imageshack.us/my.php?image=handrailpainted007dt1.jpg)
http://img509.imageshack.us/img509/6729/handrailpainted006im5.jpg (http://img509.imageshack.us/my.php?image=handrailpainted006im5.jpg)
Then they wanted some steel posts under it.I didn't have a torch with me so I tried a steel cutting blade...sweet I may never use a torch again
http://img101.imageshack.us/img101/3808/handrail003ir5.jpg (http://img101.imageshack.us/my.php?image=handrail003ir5.jpg)
Bolted the plates top and bottom
http://img525.imageshack.us/img525/7301/handrail004wz6.jpg (http://img525.imageshack.us/my.php?image=handrail004wz6.jpg)
Slipped in the 4" steel post (1 was very tight reason for the big hammer)
http://img339.imageshack.us/img339/8852/handrail008yl1.jpg (http://img339.imageshack.us/my.php?image=handrail008yl1.jpg)
Weld it up.... welder on E and around 3.5 wire speed
http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/7982/handrail009or7.jpg[ //img145.imageshack.us/img145/2971/handrailpainted002dp6.jpg[/IMG] (http://img140.imageshack.us/my.php?image=handrail009or7.jpg)

IamVince
01-09-2009, 08:16 PM
Posts completed
http://img145.imageshack.us/img145/2971/handrailpainted002dp6.jpg (http://img145.imageshack.us/my.php?image=handrailpainted002dp6.jpg)
Not too bad for a home hobby welder

TozziWelding
01-09-2009, 08:40 PM
Nice for #1 they get easier after this, and faster too. Keep up the good work.

farmersamm
01-09-2009, 09:05 PM
The rail turned out good and straight.

Is there any concern about the mud work on this job? The steps are poured on fill, and don't seem to have any kind of footer along the length of the steps. That piled up stuff supporting the steps is gonna move over time given the the steep angle, and hilly conditions. Seems like a washout waitin' to happen. Not a lot of substantial support there.

Ok, I'm gettin' picky:D

fuzzykjun
01-09-2009, 10:10 PM
I was thinking along the lines of farmersamm,, I can sure see the need for the rail!! Looking at the pictures I think I'd even put in some steel mesh all along it for the kiddies and doggies!! thats a steep
slope off to the side there,, I hope they are going to put in more substance along the ground??

duaneb55
01-10-2009, 12:50 AM
Nice work IamVince.:drinkup:

IamVince
01-10-2009, 01:03 AM
The rail turned out good and straight.

Is there any concern about the mud work on this job? The steps are poured on fill, and don't seem to have any kind of footer along the length of the steps. That piled up stuff supporting the steps is gonna move over time given the the steep angle, and hilly conditions. Seems like a washout waitin' to happen. Not a lot of substantial support there.

Ok, I'm gettin' picky:D
I'm not a cement guy but I believe the bottom section was made just like the top then they shoved some loose dirt under it.
I bet the stairs will get a locked gate since its a office building and they lead to a transformer and generator.Shouldn't be any kids down there.
Rains everyday here doesn't seem to be washing away yet.

farmersamm
01-10-2009, 01:08 AM
I'm not a cement guy but I believe the bottom section was made just like the top then they shoved some loose dirt under it.
I bet the stairs will get a locked gate since its a office building and they lead to a transformer and generator.Shouldn't be any kids down there.
Rains everyday here doesn't seem to be washing away yet.

Might be that the bottom edge of the stair stringer is reinforced inside the pour, and totally self supporting. But it was something that caught my eye.

Sorry to have crapped on the thread. The rail looks really nice

IamVince
01-10-2009, 05:49 AM
Might be that the bottom edge of the stair stringer is reinforced inside the pour, and totally self supporting. But it was something that caught my eye.

Sorry to have crapped on the thread. The rail looks really nice

No worries you didn't ...it sure looks like its just sitting on dirt.And besides I always read your threads and like the way you take advice and some of the stuff that you build

rwells173
01-10-2009, 10:36 AM
looks good:drinkup:

Annamel
01-10-2009, 12:03 PM
Looks great!!!! I enjoy handrail when there done. That makes it even tougher when you do it in the field.Keep up the good work.
WTW9Y Georgia