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Hi everyone, I'm Jerry Milligan and welcome to my web site, Bannisters and Railings. Everybody has their favorite of a house or business and I'm going to focus on this specific part of a home or business. I'm a general contractor by trade and bannisters and railings have always fascinated me. So, I made that my little specialty -- a niche interest you might say. I'll do my best to write some interesting articles and take a few good photo and make this site a great place to come and get your questions answered. Hope you enjoy your stay!

Handrails: Jazzing Up the Homes Beauty

Many architectural firms today create handrails with different designs and colors to accent the interior and exterior of the home. Imagine a staircase with no handrail. Looks plain and boring, right? Most people think that handrails are installed just to give a person a safety grip when needed when going up and down the stairs or for added safety on balconies or ramps outside. Yes, it is correct but handrails are also used to jazz up the houses interior.

Handrails are made either from wood or metal. It can be bought from hardware stores and can be installed either by a professional installer or by the home owner. Wooden handrails are the most commonly used handrails for most houses. It is usually made from oak, mahogany, cherry and maple wood which gives the handrail an elegant look. Metal handrails are considered as the modern handrail today. It is widely used in buildings. Some people also install a metal handrail at the exterior of their house, like at the balcony. It is also important to choose a top quality material for handrails. Since, its main purpose is for safety, it is important that the handrail is sturdy. Also, before installing a handrail, it is vital to determine which type perfectly suits the staircase of the house or building.

A railing system is considered an important component of a staircase. One can choose a staircase handrail that is made from carved wood. Wooden handrails gives a classic and elegant look to the stairs. On the other hand, a metallic balustrade is a modern handrail that provides a steel finish look for the stairs.

As time goes by, there are many innovations on the design of handrails. One example is the deck-type of handrail. It is the simplest type of handrail and is commonly used for safety purposes. Another example is the modern handrail that comes with a spiral design. Spiral railings are commonly made from metal and coils along the side of the staircase.

There are many handrail catalogues available online where one can choose a design that will complement the staircase in your house. In addition, handrail manufacturers and interior designers offer consulting services on which handrail style best suits your staircase. Home owners can also have the handrails customized according to the designs and patterns they want. However, custom made handrails can be quite expensive.

Indeed, the installation of a handrail will indeed add attractiveness to the interior or exterior of the house.


How to Stain Oak Stair Parts

Oak stairs are commonly installed in houses. Wood is the most commonly used material for stair parts which includes handrails, newel posts, treads and spindles. It does not only provide safety to people using them but also gives an added touch of beauty and elegance to the interior of the house. Even with proper care, the time will come that the oak stair parts will eventually need to be repainted or stained.

Staining the oak stair parts is easy. Anyone can do this. However, for starters, it is advisable to seek the help of a professional to do the staining to make sure that the oak stair parts are not damaged during the process. A little mistake in scraping off the old stain of the oak stair parts will result to dented parts.

When staining oak stair parts, the following materials are needed:

Sander
Floor scraper
Tack cloth
Stain
Protective polyurethane

1.Before applying a new stain on the oak stair parts, the old stain and polyurethane finish should be removed completely. Use a sander to do this. The old stain and polyurethane finish should be completely scraped off from all the oak stair parts.

2.With the use of a floor scraper, remove all the remaining finish on all the oak stair parts, including in the corners and cracks.

3.Once all the old stain and polyurethane finish were completely removed, clean the staircase from dirt and wipe all the oak stair parts using a tack cloth.

4.Once the oak stair parts are already clean, a new stain can be applied thinly using a rag. Smear marks will appear on the oak stair parts when the stain is applied too thick. If a darker stain is preferred, it should be applied in multiple coats.

5.Once the stain has completely dried, a coat of protective polyurethane can be applied using a rag.

Just a few tips. It is important to schedule the staining of oak stair parts during a sunny or dry season. Rainy or humid weather will make the stain dry slowly. Also, polyurethane has two types: water-based polyurethane and an oil-based polyurethane. A water-based polyurethane dries quicker than an oil-based type, plus it stays clear as it ages.