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    Senior Robin Hood Guy Ian Gills's Avatar
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    Default Handrail for yard steps?

    My backyard slopes upwards quite steeply. In the middle are six concrete steps that go up to follow the grade.

    Do the steps need a handrail?

    And, if so, do they need handrails on both sides?

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    Depends on the age and infirmity of the guests. Steps without handrails are generally absurd.

    The county fathers and your insurance would likely insist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Gills View Post
    My backyard slopes upwards quite steeply. In the middle are six concrete steps that go up to follow the grade.

    Do the steps need a handrail?

    And, if so, do they need handrails on both sides?
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    After raiding your liquor stash in the trunk on a Sunday, you need 2 handrails and a cane.

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    I would put handrails on both sides. My camp property has a creek on the side and to scale it is not dangerous but you just get wet, the former owners put a small wooden bridge over it with wooden handrails, and it works, nicely. You probably won't use it much in the winter, but, steps can get slipperly and it would give your family something to grasp onto.

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    The steps in my yard pre-dated my arrival and were installed by an American around about the time a cowboy was running the country.

    So, the missing handrail is not surprising.

    Since the British made this place, I've decided to fix the steps up for the benefit of all Americans.

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    I can't help but wonder, why you don't just do it for yourself & family.

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    You could also, put an escalator in.

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