How to install iron railing on brick steps

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How to install iron railing on brick steps
Iron railings can be used to accent your brick steps. (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

For homeowners with steps outside their homes, having railings on the sides of the steps isn't just a good safety feature, your local community may require you to install them. If your staircase is constructed of bricks, you can install iron railings. Iron railings on a brick staircase provide a classic look that many people find appealing. Installing the iron railings is a project that can be completed by an average do-it-yourself homeowner.

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Things you need

  • Marker
  • Drill
  • Masonry drill bit
  • Sleeve anchors and bolts
  • Hammer
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush

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  1. 1

    Place the railings on the steps where they are being installed. Position them so they are equidistant from the edges of the steps.

  2. 2

    Mark the location where the railings will be bolted to the bricks by marking the bricks with a marker inside the holes in the base of the railings. Take the railings off the steps after they have been marked.

  3. 3

    Drill pilot holes into the bricks at the spots that you marked with a masonry drill bit.

  4. 4

    Remove the bolts from the sleeve anchors. Slide the sleeve anchors into the holes, gently tapping them in with a hammer if necessary.

  5. 5

    Place the railings into position on the steps, lining the holes in the base of the railings over the holes in the bricks.

  6. 6

    Screw the bolts into the sleeve anchors. Don't overtighten the bolts, or you could break the sleeve anchor.

  7. 7

    Paint the head of the bolt to match the railing, if desired.

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