Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Can I replace the spindles in my existing railing with metal spindles without replacing the whole rail?

A: In most cases, yes. If your current railing has wooden spindles, then we can supply square metal spindles with fillet that would fit the existing rail.


Q:  What is the standard rail height?

A:  Horizontal Rail: Finished floor to top of rail: 36”

       Diagonal Rail: Finished nosing to top of rail (measured vertically): 36” (use a level)

   Note: Building codes may vary. Please check current codes in your area.


Q:  How long are your spindles?

A:  Our wood spindles come in 36 and 42″ lengths, and our metal spindles come in 35 and 44″ lengths.


Q:  How many metal spindles do I need on each stair tread?

A:  Typically, there are three metal spindles on each tread (one 35″ at the front of the tread, and two 44″ at the back of the tread).


Q:  What are the dimensions of your handrail?

A:  #29 rail is 2¼” wide by 3½” high

      #25 rail is 2¼” wide by 2½” high

      #23 rail is 1-9/16″ wide by 1-9/16″ high

      #21 rail is 2½” wide by 2½” high

      Base rail is 2⅞” wide by ¾” high


Q:  What types of wood do you have in stock?

A:  We have maple, red oak, and american poplar in stock and will manufacture products in alder, beech, hickory, cherry, walnut, pine and white oak, upon request.


Q:  Is the handrail installed before the flooring? 

A:  The post is best installed before the flooring is put in. The remainder of the rail can be installed before or after the flooring. 


Q:  How tall are the build-outs on the posts supposed to be?

A:  It can vary according to one’s preference, but typically they are positioned 9-10″ tall from the finished floor height on a four foot post (or approximately 1 – 1½”  below flutes).


Q:  How long of a post do I need?

A:  For a horizontal rail, a 4′ foot post is sufficient. At the bottom of a stair, the post is 4½’ tall.  Depending on how winders are framed, a longer post may be necessary (5′ to 6′).


Q:  Do you supply exterior railings?

A:  No, we only supply interior products.


Q:  Do you install, or come out to measure stairs?

A: Only curved stairs at this time.


Q:  Does the base rail sit on top of the flooring, and how do we add trim to finish it off?


Diagram of trim, sub base with overhang

Diagram of trim, sub base without overhang

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