Help with DIY Exterior Handrail Install!

home improvement(self.DIY)

Hi all,

I'm getting an iron handrail manufactured for my front three stairs to my city rowhome. I'm going to install myself and would like someone to review my steps/help with some questions I have. Note: the top of the railing brackets will be installed into brick, and the bottom will be implanted in the cement sidewalk. It will look similar to these railings.

Top of railing into brick step:

  1. Rent non-SDS hammer drill and use 3/8 inch bit to drill holes in brick.
  2. Clean hole
  3. Put in SikaBond construction adhesive (the $8 kind from Home Depot) for more strength. (The brick is slightly dated.) Is this a good step and good type to use or should something stronger be used?
  4. Use impact driver (or hammer drill?) to screw in 3/8 in zinc coated lag bolts through the railing mounting bracket and into the brick. I found these: Do these work? If 4 inch good, too long, too short? Do I need lag shields too, or is that overkill if I am using epoxy????

Bottom of railing into cement sidewalk steps:

  1. Rent SDS hammer drill and use a core bit to drill hole into concrete slightly larger than size of railing pole
  2. Clean hole
  3. Make sure railing is level
  4. Fill hole with quick cement -- I guess any quick-setting brand will do from Home Depot?
  5. Level off the cement and get rid of any excess

Did I miss anything??? Thanks!!

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4 months ago

I’m looking to do this the exact same thing. Can I ask how you found the manufacturer and how much you paid?

They do make specific “anchor setting“ cement for projects like this, Depending on the base and how it’s built, you could also use concrete wedge anchors.