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How to Install Handrails on Concrete Steps

Working with concrete steps can be challenging because of the likelihood of cracking during drilling.

Get the Right Dimensions

Get the right measurements to help your metal handrail fabricator create custom hand railing for you. To do this, produce a simple sketch of the concrete steps, and measure and note the height, width and number of steps, including the depth of landing.

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Once the fabricator has the right measurements of the steps, they will be able to create a custom railing. The design of the hand railing can be decided on at this point.

Check the Condition of the Steps

Sleeve anchors can provide strong support for the railing. A two-part epoxy anchoring system can be used if there are cracks in the concrete, or if the steps have tiles or bricks, which can easily crack.

Drill the Holes

Find and mark the locations for where the holes for the anchors will be. Drill a starter hole on each end of the metal handrails and place a bolt loosely on each to help find and mark the other holes. Remove the hand railing and drill the rest of the holes.

Check the Posts for Plumb

To prevent corrosion of nuts, spread a layer of polyurethane sealant below each plate before installation. Insert and tighten nuts, then check the post for plumb with a level. When you're satisfied with the installation, tighten the nuts.

The safety and effectiveness of metal handrails rely on three factors: location, graspability and strength. A hand railing system is only as strong as its weakest anchors.

Instead of traditional anchors, you can use Uni-Fit fittings, the latest pipe connector innovation and the cost effective option for railing installations. For inquiries, call us on 1300 904 284 or email us at