5/16″ or 3/8″ anchor bolt hardware (be sure to buy an anchoring product to match your situation. The bolt packaging should detail the appropriate uses and if you aren’t sure ask. For dry wall look for a toggle bolt sometimes called zip bolt. If going into solid wood a lag bolt should work),
drill bit (make sure you have a bit the size indicated on your bolt hardware package, for brick or block you will need a masonry bit) ,
- drill (hammer drill for brick or block),
- chalk snap line,
- tape measure,
- ratchet or wrench to tighten anchor bolts.
|Step 1: Measure for the height of rail placement
The industry standard for railing height is 2 foot 10 inches. Measure straight up from the nosing of the bottom step (or the end of the incline area) and mark the height at 2′ 10. Repeat this at the nosing of the top step (or the top of the ramp). Be sure the tape measure is completely vertical while measuring. If you are installing rail in an area without any incline simply measure up from the floor at the points where you want the ends of the rail to be.
|Steps 2: Make a line between the two points you have marked
We recommend using a chalk line to strike a mark between the two points. Have an assistant hold the chalk line on one point while you stretch the line over to the other point. Snap the line making a clear impression.
|Step 3: Mark where you will drill the holes Have your assistant help you hold the the rail up to the chalk line you snapped. Now carefully mark where the holes of the brackets are. Drill the holes for your anchor hardware.|
Step 4: Bolt your hand rail to the wall
Insert your anchor according to instructions on the packaging. Finally, with the help of your assistant hold the rail while you tighten the bolts. Be careful not to over tighten. Your Wall Rail comes sprayed with a gray primer. This must be covered with rust-protecting paint. Do this before or after installation. (We recommend painting after installation, as it is easy to nick the paint while installing.) Touch up any nicks caused by shipping and installation. Maintain your rail in the future by sanding down rust spots, and repainting. This will help your railing stay beautiful for years to come.
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