M. Hammer

07:30AM | 07/19/00
Member Since: 07/18/00
2 lifetime posts
The porch of this 100+ year old home used to be open with the stairs in the middle of the porch leading straight to the public sidewalk. At some time it was enclosed and the stairs were moved to the side with a curved sidewalk which leads to the public sidewalk. I have opened up the porch again but iwant to leave the stairs where they are. This is where the problem begins. The stairs used to be in the middle of the porch which made the run of the railings less than 10'. With just the corner support columns the railing run is approx. 20' and the local lumber yard only has hand railings in 16' lengths (I was told they could not special order anything longer). I felt that a seam would jeopardize the strength and integrity of the railing. I really don't want to put a column in the center of the porch and I believe a post of some kind would be esthetically poor. Since the railings and balusters are to be painted, I don't believe the type of wood is of any consequence. I could also use information and instructions on how to install railings properly. Does anyone have an idea that may remedy my dilemma?


12:55PM | 07/19/00
Member Since: 07/04/00
36 lifetime posts
HI M. HAMMER give this site a try maybe they have what you need good luck on your project.


06:35AM | 03/14/07
Member Since: 03/13/07
1 lifetime posts
we had that exact issue in our 104 yr. old victorian. the steps actually are also about 15 ft wide, so we didn't want a post in the middle of upcomming steps to the porch, so what we did, was cerated a 2 sectioned gate that swings inward. The hinges, we secured to the corner post and side... then we decided to use the spring pins that drop in the ground/floor. (like what many fence gates have on an asphalt ground to lock it in place)

this broke up the long distance, without a column, and made it sturdy enough, without losing the aesthetics.


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