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Stair Part Basics – The Railing System

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The railing system is the group of stair parts that collectively build and make up the balustrades. These parts are essential in not only adding design and a decorative feature, but offering safety and stability when ascending or descending your staircase. The handrail, also known as a banister or stair railing is designed to offer support and stability. The balusters, sometimes referred to as spindles, are the vertical posts that hold up the handrail. They are used between railing and tread to help support the staircase. Balusters come in various materials and styles. You may choose to stick to solid...

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An Introduction to Stairs

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Everyone has seen stairs, knows what they are, and almost everyone has used them a time or two, but recognizing a staircase is much different than knowing the important parts that make up that staircase. So, let’s break it down. There are two main groups of stair parts: The parts that make up the actual step that you walk on and the collective parts of the railing system. The first collection comprises of risers, treads, stringers, and the starter step.The starter step is the decorative first step of a staircase. The tread and riser make up this step. The starter...

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Stair Part Basics – The Steps

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Whether you are planning on remodeling an existing staircase or building a brand new one, you’ll want to be familiar with the terminology and be able to recognize and identify each component needed for your particular design. For most, “baluster” and “gooseneck” don’t come up in common conversation, but with a little knowledge and practice, you can be well versed in stair part terminology in no time. A little familiarity with terms and the ability to identify common stair parts will save you the embarrassment of confused looks and frustration. There are two main groups of stair parts. The parts...

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The basic design principles of a turned newel

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The most fundamental difference between a turned newel and a box newel is the general shape: turned newels are rounded, box newels are squared off.

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