Originally Posted by escape artist
Hi: Chris R... Great Mod nicely done. Sure hope you don't need all that space for large bottles of pain meds!!!
Personally I could use details on the handrails/holds for the stairs. Alf
escape artist N.S. of Lake Erie
Alf, here are some details, we find the handrails are very useful, especially at night and are simple to make, at least the passenger side one is.
I picked up a length of red oak dowel 1 ¼ inch in diameter, it is comfortable size when held.
The spacers between the wall and the dowel are made from anodized aluminum pipe available at most hardware stores, I think I got ½ inch diameter pipe. One spacer for each screw, about 1 1/8 inch long, one end was filed to fit the dowel.
The screws (3) on the passenger side are 3 ½ inch deck screws. There is lots of material at the edge of this wall to screw into on this side. This dowel is 42 inches long
I knew I want to add a handrail to this side and had Reace put wider framing at the corner in the wall. I think if you are careful, you should be able to find enough framing to attach a rail to. I made a combo angled/vertical one, but even if you put in a vertical one at the corner if would be better than nothing. Other than the angle, attaching it to the wall is the same, except for shorter screws. The framing is generally 1 x 2, so only ¾ inch thick. I would add a couple of extra screws/spacers.
For both handrails, I counter sunk the screw heads and filled the holes with oak plugs. I did wait to fill the holes so that I could snug up the screws over several days.