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Old 09-12-2018, 09:45 AM   #1
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I need some help designing a set of hand rails for this set of ladder stairs:

Anyone have any good ideas of how to build a set of sturdy, but not too large hand rails for these stairs? Some ideas I had were:

- Wooden with just ripped 2x4's and such
- galvanized pipe with fittings (fittings can get expensive quick)
- Store bought handrail brackets and a wooden handrail on top of those

Anybody got any better thoughts?
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Old 09-12-2018, 09:46 AM   #2
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The side of that stair / Ladder is a 2x6 if that helps you any. Each step is a 2x6 also.
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Old 09-12-2018, 09:54 AM   #3
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Build some that fold in and out.
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Old 09-12-2018, 09:57 AM   #4
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Couple ideas.
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Old 09-12-2018, 10:23 AM   #5
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Old 09-12-2018, 12:52 PM   #6
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If you decide to go the fitting/pipe route check out "Kee Klamps". I have used them for several projects. You are right that they are pricey but they are high quality commercial grade. I just buy the fittings and get pipe locally.

https://www.simplifiedbuilding.com/p...ings/kee-klamp
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Old 09-13-2018, 04:11 PM   #7
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Black pipe and fittings would work don't know how expensive it would be. I would think it would be cheaper than galv.
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Old 09-13-2018, 05:24 PM   #8
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I like the pipe idea a lot, just trying to manage cost. If anyone knows a good inexpensive source of pipe and fittings let me know. I ran the numbers on a parts list of galvanized and ended up north of $200.
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Old 09-14-2018, 07:54 AM   #9
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You could easily do the same style, that Antlers86 posted, with the 2x2s, in round clothes rods.
Just use a hole saw and drill press to cope some short pieces for standoffs, and use long pieces for hand rails.

Or use the 2x2s and a 3/4" round over bit in a router and you'll have a pretty much round hand rail.

There are a number of ways to do it out of wood, on the cheap.

Where are you located?
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Old 09-14-2018, 08:03 AM   #10
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I like the pipe idea a lot, just trying to manage cost. If anyone knows a good inexpensive source of pipe and fittings let me know. I ran the numbers on a parts list of galvanized and ended up north of $200.
Hospital costs would be greater than that.
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Old 09-15-2018, 11:36 PM   #11
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just another option.
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Old 10-31-2018, 10:34 AM   #12
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Here is what I ended up doing. Just couldn't justify $200 in fittings for the pipe idea. I built the rails with 2"x3" hand rails (chamfered edges) and 2"X2" slats spaced about 12" apart. It is rock solid as I have hung all 220lbs of myself on it and it doesn't budge. Only about $20 worth of materials in the rails, but an afternoon of my labor.
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Old 10-31-2018, 11:02 AM   #13
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That'll work. Nice job.
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Old 10-31-2018, 01:03 PM   #14
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You need to add a fireman pole to slide down. that looks nice
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