Detachable Hand Railings...

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I am replacing my 8 foot long, 2nd floor, hand railing that overlooks the room below. I need to make it detachable, so I can lift large furniture through the handrail opening, when needed. What kind of locking-unlocking mechanism can I attach to each end of the wall and handrail, but still be strong enough to support someone leaning on the railing? Also, I do not want vertical balusters. I’d like to see a horizontal baluster-look. If I used 2x2 x 8ft. red oak, I need a middle support. Cable and aluminum are alternatives, but cost is also an issue. And finally, I need a 9ft. fixed handrail, with one end connected to a 3 step downrail, but not detachable.
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  • Rini Rini on Nov 25, 2017
    I think that you would be much better off consulting this one with the professionals, given that this type of things must meet code for security reasons. I reckon if you just dive into it without checking for law requirements you might end up with a bit of a problem in the long run.
  • Galen W. Yoder Galen W. Yoder on Nov 25, 2017
    Definitely could result in a liability issue unless you go for the full blown industrial motif!
  • B. Enne B. Enne on Nov 26, 2017
    I was just wondering the same thing. When I was a kid, my father made a lift wall to the basement. I would like a removable railing to move appliances/furniture in and out, but haven't been able to find a safe solution...
  • B. Enne B. Enne on Nov 26, 2017
    Although I am not promoting any of this, due to safety concerns, here is some info on the subject. I do remember seeing a video a few years ago, with the frame left intact and the railing slid on it like a baby gate. I'm not sure if it is still out there.

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    • Ricky Howe Ricky Howe on Nov 26, 2017
      The last 2 videos and their follow-up parts are absolutely the best ones I have seen to build removable stair and balcony railings. The RedneckDIY is so meticulous. I wish I could find someone here in the New Orleans area that had the skills and tools that he has to help me. Nevertheless, I can use some of his ideas to accomplish my goal. Thank you for responding to my shout out.
  • B. Enne B. Enne on Nov 27, 2017
    You're welcome! It is beyond my skill level...I'm thinking of building a recycling cabinet instead of a railing.

    Good luck!
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