By Gene and Katie Hamilton
A basement stairway has been the scene of many accidents where there was nothing to hang onto. And so has a wide-open or steep stairway where there’s no railing for support on the opposite wall. Whichever direction you going, a stair railing ensures safe footing and passage up or down a stairway.
A carpenter will charge $131 to install a standard 10-foot-long hardwood handrail in a straight staircase using brass rail brackets fastened to the wall. This includes the material and labor. You can buy the materials for $55 and do it yourself, assuming you have carpentry skills and tools. You’ll need a stud finder to locate the brackets, a carpenter’s level to lay out the rail’s position on the wall, an electric drill to install the brackets, and a miter saw if the rail requires cutting.
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It’s a good idea to talk to the building department where you live to ask about specific requirements for handrails. Most of them specify how long and at what height they should be located on a wall. A rail that’s designed to extend beyond the bottom and top stairs will make it easier to use because there’s more of it to grasp.
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Now you know the average cost to install a stair handrail, which includes the labor and material, and what’s involved, so you can decide to do it yourself or hire a contractor. Don’t forget to adjust the cost to where you live by adding your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.