Installing an Aluminum Railing Installing an Aluminum Railing

What You'll Need
Aluminum railing
Measuring tape
Chalk line
Drill bits for wall and aluminum
Screwdriver
Brackets
Stud finder
Drill
Awl
Level

If installed correctly, an aluminum railing can be a very attractive to your property. It also helps a lot in improving the safety in your home, especially if there are children running around. The materials that you will need can usually be found in your local hardware outlet, where you can also choose among the different types of railings that can be installed to places where there are no stairs, freestanding or attached to a wall. The tools that you will need are also usually included in a home tool kit. An aluminum railing is more suited for attachment to a wall than a freestanding one, as it is not that strong. However, aluminum is more convenient since it is lightweight and does not require painting as other railing materials do.

Step 1 – Marking Your Layout

Mark the layout by measuring 2 points of the same height using a tape measure. Draw a chalk line between the 2 points you have marked. Find the wall studs using a stud finder and mark the spots along the chalk line you have drawn. Make sure that you contact the building and development department in your locality for the confirmation of the standards that are mandated in your area. The height mandated by the building codes for a railing that is installed against a wall is usually from 30 inches to 38 inches.

Step 2 – Installing Wall Brackets

Mark the positions of the brackets on the wall with the use of a level. Ask a family member or a friend to help you hold the bracket in place while you make a hole through the wall with the use of an awl. This will guide you in drilling pilot holes with a power drill to secure the wall brackets in place.

Step 3 – Installing the Aluminum Railing

To install the aluminum railing, lay it against the brackets and make sure that it fits snugly on all of them. Check for the correct position of the railing and mark the railing for the bracket holes. Drill screws through the aluminum brackets and through the handrail on the marks you have made using a power drill with the right drill bit.

Step 4 – Installing Railing Returns

A lot of railing systems require a railing return to prevent clothing from catching on them. These are caps that are secured on the ends of the railing which also act as a decoration. To install them, make a 45-degree cut at the corner part of the return. Fit the return to ensure that it has the right angle. Secure it to the railing with glue and screw and then connect it to a wall bracket that has been installed the same way as you did for the railing. If you have purchased an aluminum railing that has returns included in the package, you may install them according to the instructions of the manufacturer.  After you are done, you can now enjoy the looks and added safety brought by the aluminum railings to your house.

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