Building a Porch Railing

Project: Accessible Home, Episode 6, Part 1

Carpenter Bob Ryley and George (from Crosswinds Enterprises) build a railing system of pressure-treated lumber and integrate it with the front porch columns.

Bob takes a tour of some of the grand old houses left over from Roxbury's heyday at the turn of the century. After a period of serious urban blight, this once-grand Boston community is making a dramatic comeback.

Back at the site, a few of the housing units have already been plastered, and some windows have been given custom sills.
Part 1: Building a Porch Railing
Carpenter Bob Ryley and George (from Crosswinds Enterprises) collaborate to build a porch railing for the accessible home. Looking on, Bob discusses the building codes that pertain to the rail and the materials used.
Part 2: Tour of Historic Roxbury Architecture
Part 3: Installing Custom Window Sills
This project follows an urban renewal story, involving grass-roots activism and affordable housing. Bob Vila reports on nine newly built three-bedroom homes, including one with accessibility for people with disabilities.

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