Adding an exterior outdoor stair railing against an exterior wall is one of the best DIY safety projects in which it can be taken. A handrail will give your family and guests an extra feeling of safety climbing stairs outdoors and helps prevent accidentally falling over. Complete most of the steps for this project. But help is going to come in handy when it’s time to place the rail against the wall.
You may only need your assistant for twenty minutes or less. Locate the studs on the wall where the outdoor stair railing will be attached. If your house is made of vinyl it will be easy just look for “face” nails visible on the vinyl. Indicate where the beam is. If your house is brick or stucco, find the nearest outside electrical outlet. Remove the lid and look for the beam next to the output unit. Use a stud locator to locate the studs.
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Draw marks to indicate the locations of the studs with a pencil or chalk for easy cleaning. Raise the edge of the outdoor stair railing so that the bottom is 38 inches from the base of the first staircase. Drill a hole in the surface of the wall at the 38-inch mark at the base of the stairs. Tie a string to a nail and place the nail on the mark. Run the chain to the mark of the railing at the top of the stairs.