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September 23, 2019 Stair Railing

Tips Safety For Vinyl Stair Railing Kits

Are the vinyl stair railing kits or hand railings in your home portraying a beauty of craftsmanship and functionality as they are meant to? Take a good look when you walk into your home. If you have a stair railing going to another level in your home more times than not it is the first thing people will see when they walk into your home. The craftsmanship of a wood stair railing often tells the story of quality for the finish carpentry work throughout the house. Like it or not sometimes this craftsmanship and quality is compared to the type of person you are by some people the same way as being judged for the tidiness of the house or yard or even the type of car you drive. I would venture to say pride means a lot to the vast majority of us and we like to be judged favorably no matter what it is.

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With all the ways people are being sued these days safety of a vinyl stair railing kits is critical. The railing first needs to meet some standards of strictly enforced codes. These codes are set and enforced by OSHA. OSHA stands for: Occupational Safety and Health Administration and its role is to promote the safety and health of America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health.

A few of these important OSHA codes that you could easily check with your vinyl stair railing kits to be sure it is in compliance are the height of the railing and the correct spindle spacing. Let’s say for example a railing which is built next to a stair way. OSHA wants the very top of the hand railing to be no lower than 36″ and no higher than 38″. The way to measure this height is to put the start or end of a tape measure at the very outside point of a stair tread next to the railing and measure exactly straight up from that point. Be sure to be going up exactly straight or plumb and the use of a level is recommended to get an accurate reading of the tape measure for this distance between the stair tread and the top of the railing.

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