How to Install Safe Residential Stair Railing

Handrails can prevent nasty tumbles down the stairs, so it's important that they be sturdy. Looking good is also important because of their prominent place in the house. We asked Jerome Worm, our favorite trim carpenter, for some tips on installing handrails. He demonstrated a fast and foolproof way to measure, showed us a great way to assemble the rail and specified what hardware he liked best and explained why. These tips will help you hang an attractive, rock-solid handrail that will last as long as the house.