We have a set of stairs going down to the basement that is missing railings. This is preventing us from passing the home inspection.
The issue with installing railings is that there isn't much room at the bottom of the stairs so if we ever need to move large objects in the future, there won't be enough space if railings are installed.
What's the best solution? Are there removable railings so that we can easily take off and put on as needed?
You need both a 'guard' and a 'handrail'.
The guard is required when you exceed .6 m difference in elevation (i.e. it only needs to start at the 3rd step). Guards must have vertical pickets and resist specified forces.
The handrail is required to be continuously graspable from top to bottom. With your narrow stairs probably the handrail should start on the outside at the bottom and curve around to the inside wall at the top. Railings can be removable so long as they meet strength requirements (sorry but too lengthy to include). If you require further information you're welcome to call.
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