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Handrail or newel post on direction change

Discussion in 'Floors, Stairs and Lofts' started by Mshepp, 2 Aug 2018.

  1. Mshepp


    9 Jul 2015
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    United Kingdom
    I am just about to embark on replacing the existing newel post, spindles and hand rail in my victorian house. The current handrail sits very low and the gap between the spindles is larger than modern standards, in places the gap is 110mm, and with a toddler about it really needs addressing.

    The landing is a small L shape and at present there is no newel post on the direction change, its just the handrail at a right angle with a spindle in the middle. Would it be recommended to install a new newel post on the direction change, if so how would it best installed, or copy what is already there and have a handrail at a right angle.

    I've attached a picture of the landing.

    Thanks in advance

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  3. blup


    5 Nov 2007
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    United Kingdom
    A newel post would usually be built into the landing joist by two bolts and a half joint.

    It would add strength to the balustrade(s), maybe there was one there originally that has been removed.

    A suitably experienced carpenter would be able to do the job to current building reg standards.

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