Handrail for yard steps?

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  1. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

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    My backyard slopes upwards quite steeply. In the middle are six concrete steps that go up to follow the grade.

    Do the steps need a handrail?

    And, if so, do they need handrails on both sides?
  2. ballvalve

    ballvalve General Engineering Contractor

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    Depends on the age and infirmity of the guests. Steps without handrails are generally absurd.

    The county fathers and your insurance would likely insist.
  3. BobL43

    BobL43 DIY Senior Member

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    Why are you worried about rules all of a sudden?
  4. ballvalve

    ballvalve General Engineering Contractor

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    After raiding your liquor stash in the trunk on a Sunday, you need 2 handrails and a cane.
  5. Cookie

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    I would put handrails on both sides. My camp property has a creek on the side and to scale it is not dangerous but you just get wet, the former owners put a small wooden bridge over it with wooden handrails, and it works, nicely. You probably won't use it much in the winter, but, steps can get slipperly and it would give your family something to grasp onto.
  6. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

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    The steps in my yard pre-dated my arrival and were installed by an American around about the time a cowboy was running the country.

    So, the missing handrail is not surprising.

    Since the British made this place, I've decided to fix the steps up for the benefit of all Americans.
  7. Cookie

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    I can't help but wonder, why you don't just do it for yourself & family.
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    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

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    You could also, put an escalator in. ;)
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