Building wood handrails is a art in itself. I see a lot of handrails built for safety but they don't meet most  building codes. The biggest problem with building a handrail is safety.

Their is a minimum spacing for handrail components of 4 inches. The reason for this is so that a baby will not stick their heads into these spaces. This is a good reason to rebuild your hand railing system if the balusters are over spaced.

I still see handrails being built with safety problems so be aware.


Water Damaged Wood Handrail

2 x 4 Bottom Handrail Wood Rot

White 4 x 4 Wood Handrail

6 x 6 Posts With 2 x 2 Baluster Handrail

Deck Over Garage Handrail



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