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    weight of handrail

    Just a quick question for all of you rail makers. I made a rail out of all solid stock. I weighed it and comes in around 55Lbs. My question is do you think if I core drill 2" holes 4" deep will it be sturdy enough. End posts are 1 " square. The steps are only about 3 years old.

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    Re: weight of handrail

    If its concrete no dramas .
    Also the 4" is in concrete not including tiles etc
    A good guess is better than a bad measurement

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    Re: weight of handrail

    As Brett said, if in good concrete or good brick (not crumbling or coming apart) you will be fine depending on anchor material. I use Quik-Rock.
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    Re: weight of handrail

    Quote Originally Posted by BOP101 View Post
    My question is do you think if I core drill 2" holes 4" deep will it be sturdy enough. End posts are 1 " square.
    If you have any concern, weld a piece of 1/4" X 3 X 3 steel bar sitting flat against the concrete, centered around the 1" square.

    That piece of 1/4" will require the hand rail to pull out of the concrete before any movement occurs, rather than simply moving sideways.

    I made a handrail for my wife out of 1.5" solid round 12 feet long, with 2 vertical supports (also 1.5" round)
    (including the vertical supports, it weighs over 100 pounds)

    The hand rail supports are simply in the dirt 12". but have a plate near the top of where the support is in the dirt.
    You can not move the hand rail,, it is solid, because of the plate.

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    Re: weight of handrail

    Thank you for the replies. Yes, it will be in 4" of concrete, no tile. SweetMK, I think you have an excellent suggestion.

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    Re: weight of handrail

    Also, it would be better if you can tie one end to a wall or if you put a small return section at 90*.

    A single straight section will have some wiggle if just anchored in the holes.
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    Re: weight of handrail

    SweetMK brings up a good point I didn't mention.
    Deforming the leg so that it does not come up vertically.
    A much greater concern in things like polished SS tube than solid square stock , but still a step.
    Does not have to be any thing too radical , but options depending on type of leg include.
    A simple welded stip/ strips.
    Hitting tube with a hammer at bottom.
    Drilling a hole
    Drilling a hole and putting in a bolt
    Localised bending of leg
    A good guess is better than a bad measurement

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