This is a simple hand rail that we built for our friend Bill to meet code. You might need something similar to meet a required building code or just for general safety purposes. I know there's a lot of discussion on this site about making things as cost effective as possible.. that's fine, just make sure it's safe. This handrail will exceed OSHA and BOCA requirements.
Please do not make this out of PVC ;-)
Step 1: Measure the Area
First we did a basic drawing of the area. This helps us keep our numbers straight. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy.
Mark where you want the posts to go. This will serve as a reference point.
We will then make the following measurements:
1. The height of the steps
2. The depth of the steps
3. The distance between the edge of the step and the post markers (offset)
Write all this information down on your drawing.. when you finish you should have something like the attached picture.