What kind of railing should I use for a dirt stairway?

by June

I have makeshift steps going up hill and need to install a railing to prevent a serious fall.

  3 answers
  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Mar 13, 2019

    To stay in keeping with nature, I'd use wood. Concrete set in 4x4 posts about every 5 or 6 feet and attach a hand rail. Stain to weatherproof the hand rail and to keep it smooth and not splinter.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Mar 13, 2019


  • Seth Seth on Mar 13, 2019


    A simple and inexpensive way would be to construct it out 2x4 pressure treated lumber. You could nail 2 of the 2x4's together to make a 4x4. Cheaper and better than the actual 4x4. Use those as posts. Use a post hole digger to dig a hole about 18" deep to secure the posts, with about 34.5" above ground. The proper height of a railing is 36-37". Use 2x4's laid flat on the posts as the actual hand rail. Use a sander our router to round over the edges of the railing or you can buy prefabricated pressure treated railing, but it is expensive. There are ways to make this a much nicer railing, but I'm not sure how much time and expense you want to put into this.

    • June June on Mar 14, 2019

      Thank you so much, this is what I thought about and since you gave me the sizes I will be able to pursue this project. Now getting help will be a whole new project. Thank You again.