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JLJ001
Removable banister railing?

I've got a 1.5 story house. Two flights of stairs, positioned at a right angle to one another with a tiny landing in between, provide access to the upper floor. The stairs, low ceilings, and fixed banister railings make it very difficult to move furniture (e.g. a queen-sized mattress) up & down. Recognizing that railings are required by building codes, is it possible to find (or construct) railings that can be temporarily removed in order to allow furniture movement? I suspect other homeowners have faced this problem and would appreciate any insights or possible solutions.

jkirk
Re: Removable banister railing?

there is no such thing.. 99% of handrails are built as a permanent fixture to the house. they are there for your safetey... you will need to find another way of getting your furniture upstairs unless you plan on removing the handrail system and getting it rebuilt

Sombreuil_mongrel
Re: Removable banister railing?

It's relatively easy to make sections of railing removable, but the newel post is another story.
Machine bolts and captive nuts are optimal, lags will eventually wear out their holes and refuse to tighten. With acceptance that some fasteners (or their plugs/caps) will be visible, you can engineer an acceptable outcome.
Casey

Re: Removable banister railing?

The old moving furniture conundrum! My advice is to pick a room on the ground floor and stick the bed in there!

Re: Removable banister railing?

JLJ, I had this issue myself. The box springs (also queen) was the piece of furniture that pushed us into prob. solving mode. I designed a section for a 4-5' space that did the trick. Here's a link to a picture: http://bloodsweatandpigsears.blogspot.com/2012_04_01_archive.html Along with popping out the removable handrail (built intentionally as a section), we also had to remove 2-3 blades on the ceiling fan in the foyer when it was moving time. This was not ideal, but it was a solution and it was better than some of the more costly alternatives.

Blood, Sweat, and Pig's Ears
http://bloodsweatandpigsears.blogspot.com/

JLJ001
Re: Removable banister railing?

Greatly appreciated, Blood, Sweat, & Pig's Ears! I'm having issues with the link you provided -- cannot locate the photo. Please re-post -- sounds like a possible solution to my furniture-moving dilemma. Thanks

Re: Removable banister railing?

Sorry JLJ. I didn't mean to leave you hanging out there. I just noticed your reply and am trying to hook you up with the link again. http://bloodsweatandpigsears.blogspot.com/2012/04/step-8-redraw-your-floor-plan.html

It's the first picture of this post. (Dated 4/12/12) The handrail at the top of the landing is removable.

Trent
Blood, Sweat, and Pig's Ears
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