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Suggestions for installing a railing or grab bar in my laundry room

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Suggestions for installing a railing or grab bar in my laundry room

I have a sunken laundry room and wanted to add a railing and a grab bar that would make it easier for my elderly parents to climb up and down the stairs.

The railing would be around 5 feet in length and some form of a loop grab hook between the door frame and the wall so that they can have something else to steady themselves.

I attached some pictures, as well as a sample of the railing we have going down the basement stairs.

Could someone please suggest to me some ideas for railings as well as who in the GTA can do this?

Thanks
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Ya, where the H-E-double hockey sticks ... is the handrail
Someone took it off the wall

Cuz when that house was built it was there for sure
Or it wouldn’t pass Code

You can get parts at a Big Box Store and DIY
Or hire a handyman to install

Or there are actual Staircase Cos you can call to see if they’ll come out and do a custom job for you
GOOGLE = Staircase Handrails GTA
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Look for styles, sizes, types with Home Depot, Lowes, Wayfair, Amazon. I bought my outdoor rail from HD few years back and I had brother in-law installed it with proper anchors/screws. I also ordered couple Amazon bathroom grab bars. I had my handyman installed them in my walk in shower.

Your stair is high for the parents, get them indoor rails on both sides.
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Doubt this can be done with off the shelf part from a big box store. (Looking upstairs) The wall on right doesn't go to the bottom step-the wall on left is stepped out (not flat) so 2 different size hanger brackets are required,
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PointsHubby wrote: Ya, where the H-E-double hockey sticks ... is the handrail
Someone took it off the wall

Cuz when that house was built it was there for sure
Or it wouldn’t pass Code

You can get parts at a Big Box Store and DIY
Or hire a handyman to install

Or there are actual Staircase Cos you can call to see if they’ll come out and do a custom job for you
GOOGLE = Staircase Handrails GTA
To find them, or for more info
We bought the house brand new about 28 years ago and at the time, it passed multiple inspections.

I will look into the suggestions you posted. Thank you.
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone.

Yes, this looks like something I need to call a pro for to get ideas. I was hoping someone on RFD has gone through this and could suggest a place I can try. I don't mind paying someone to do this as I want to get this done right.
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Just put an old mattress at the bottom. It's only 3 steps - TUCK AND ROLL!
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deals4realz wrote: Just put an old mattress at the bottom. It's only 3 steps - TUCK AND ROLL!
3 steps, to old folks is like 6. You are young, bones can heal fast and properly, not to old folks.
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Consider a handrail DIY by "Promenaid". Anodized aluminum with a few colours and can be indoors or outdoors.

I installed one outside myself and it came out great, and is strong.

Install takes some skill and patience, but cost is attractive.
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TOMSEVEN wrote: Consider a handrail DIY by "Promenaid". Anodized aluminum with a few colours and can be indoors or outdoors.

I installed one outside myself and it came out great, and is strong.

Install takes some skill and patience, but cost is attractive.
The wood and aluminum ones look very nice. Unfortunately, I am not handy and would need someone skilled to do this type of work
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You can just install handrail on the right side wall ( going up from where detergents are to door frame). 2 solid wall brackets screwed into wall studs and straight piece of oak handrail. Not the brackets you have on that other handrail, get some stronger ones.
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Perhaps a 2x2 attached to studs and then a 2x4 attached to the 2x2 [makes a "L" rail] is all you need. Have any friends/family who can do this? Very very little skill needed other than cutting a simple angle which can be done with even a handsaw.
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gr8dlr wrote: Perhaps a 2x2 attached to studs and then a 2x4 attached to the 2x2 [makes a "L" rail] is all you need. Have any friends/family who can do this? Very very little skill needed other than cutting a simple angle which can be done with even a handsaw.
Yeah, but this is inside the house, not on the deck Grinning Face With Smiling Eyes
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hightech wrote: I should see if Home Depot or Lowes have an installation service for this as I am not handy.
I think handyman can do the job. The thing is the job is small, not worth it (money wise) for them to come. I had to put several tasks for my handyman to come over quickly. At the end I tipped him so I can call him again. :)

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