Outdoor step handrail improves the safety, utility and interior design of any outdoor living space. Most commonly associated with stairs, handrails can also be mounted on flat surfaces or ramps. The railing can act as a decorative piece, if designed to complement other outdoor features of the home, as well as earning a utilitarian function. Proper construction of handrails helps accomplish both of these objectives.
Determine the points that will support the outdoor step handrail. The handrail height is between 34 and 38 inches above the floor or stairs. Handrail hardware attaches directly to the wall if the stairway or walkway is next to the wall. If the walkway is away from the building install posts, usually 4-by-4 inches 6-foot long processed positions, each 6 feet along the walkway.
Dig post holes using a post hollow snail to a depth of about 2 feet. Adjust the positions in the holes and align them in a vertical straight position. Fill the hole around the position with the ground when removing the hole and the package in place. Attach handrail support hardware to the wall or posts. The hardware must set the outdoor step handrail at least 1 1/2 inches from the wall to allow space to understand the rail.