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Handrail Wars

Posted by Joseph G. Swallow on 13th Jul 2015

The issue surrounding the design requirements for the handgrip portion of handrails is still a hot issue among many building code agencies.

The Purpose and Place for a Spiral Staircase

Posted by Joseph G. Swallow on 9th Jul 2015

I love a spiral staircase, especially the design and installation. Spirals come with some heavy restrictions beyond that of a "normal" stai

Stair Handrail Codes

Posted by Joseph G. Swallow on 9th Jul 2015

Stair and Handrail Codes Stair codes are designed for the safety of the consumer and vary from state to state, county to county, and city t

Pin Top Hardwood Stair Balusters

Posted by Joseph G. Swallow on 9th Jul 2015

QUESTION: I can find lots of descriptions for installing balusters for post-to-post systems, but nothing on pin tops. What is the right way
How do I bend a stair handrail?

How do I bend a stair handrail?

Posted by Joseph G. Swallow on 9th Jul 2015

I’ve been getting a lot of calls lately regarding, “How do I bend a rail?” Bending handrails, even for some of the most experienced carpente