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How to install wrought iron post and pipe handrail

Install wrought iron post



Steps for installing pipe and handrail.


Position and mark brackets.
Drill holes into pipe.
Thread hole with tap to match thread of bolts:
Drill pilot hole, and then drill larger hole slightly smaller than bolt threads.
Turn tap clockwise 1/8 turn and then back out, then 1/8 turn more and then back out.

Attach brackets to handrail

Tap and handle
Install wrought iron post Make pipe plumb (vertical level), and hold pipe in place until next day.

Keep concrete lower than grass level so grass will fill in and look good.
Or raise concrete above grass and finish nicely so it matches look of property.
Remember, your work is seen for many years, and should add value to whatever you work on.
Go slow, concrete takes many hours to dry.
Clean wet concrete off pipe so it will not intefere with handrail.
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Support pipe with wire

Use wire to nearest tree to hold pipe until concrete is dry next day
Use bricks around bottom to stablize.

Mix concrete

Whole 80 lb bag concrete uses less than 1 gallon water.
Add water slowly.
Not too much water.

Or fill hole with water, then pour in dry mix concrete
Mix with long stick like yardstick
Pipe handrail

Pipe handrail

Handrail can also be made from galvanized pipe attached to 4x4 posts
Install pipe handrail   Install pipe handrail

Installing 3/4" pipe handrail


3/4" galvanized pipe makes good handrail.
To help make it more attractive, use treated 4x4 posts with a bevel cut along top.
Us this so rail is less noticeable, and then landscape features are not blocked by railing.
Here, the first post is set in concrete.
Use any material to hold post until contrete dries next day.
I used a 2x2, and 2x3 and several short pieces of wood screwed into wood walkway.
Once first post is in place, then use first post to help stablize next post.
Use two 45 degree elbows to make any angle
Conduit handrail

Conduit handrail

For longer lengths
Less money than galvanized pipe hand rail
10' x 1" conduit = $10
10' x 1" galvanized pipe = $30
More complicated to install.
Not as strong as galvanized handrail
No endcap

Out year has improved with end of drought last two years ... finally
Pipe handrailPipe handrail

Installing 1" Conduit handrail

Make handrail out of 1" conduit
Less expensive than gavanized water pipe
But steel wall is not as thick
Large diameter for longer runs

Attach to post.
Cut off with recriprocating saw
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Pipe handrail Drill hole in conduit
Insert 6-7" galvanized lag screw
Use galvanized washer

Drive lag screw slowly so lag screw does not get hot and break off.
Tighten firmly against pipe

Strong handrail support
Pipe handrail Cut Tee at angle when 4x4 posts are not lined up perfectly
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