How to anchor a handrail to a 6" diameter metal support beam without drilling into it

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Posted by: from Toronto
8/28/2016 at 8:55:03 PM

I'm installing a hand rail from the basement to a landing. One end will be attached to wood framing and the other will be attached to 6" diameter load bearing metal post. I don't want to drill into it. It doesnt matter if it's attached butt ended or to the side (side is better).

Any help is good.


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Date/Time8/29/2016 at 11:02:25 AM

You will need to have a bracket welded to the post if you don't want any holes in it. That way it is secure and strong.

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Date/Time8/29/2016 at 11:14:24 AM

Spot weld hanger to beam ! Only way if not covering beam. If covering with drywall can block out to and screw to wood as normal for f exposed spot weld.

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John in Toronto
Date/Time8/29/2016 at 12:54:14 PM

I was hoping to not have to weld it (the person I'm doing this for is on a very tight budget). What about using 2 u-clamps and bolting a piece of wood to those, then just screwing the rail support to that. It would look a little industrial but would it work?

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Date/Time8/29/2016 at 11:15:16 PM

Hi John, depending on the bracket you use, you might try a hose clamp. They are actually pretty strong and not too expensive. If it doesn't work you can escalate to one of each other solutions.

Good luck with it

Jim Kuzma

Cole Harbour Handyman

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