Unsupported Exterior Stair Rail


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Unsupported Exterior Stair Rail

I have a stairway rail supported only by the spindles. Image is attached. (Sorry the image uploaded in a challenging upside down way!)

I figure I need to get a 4 x 4 at each corner. Question is how do I effectively get these anchored into the asphalt driveway below? Will I need to brace them? How? Anything else? Thanks!
 
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Old 05-15-18, 07:53 AM
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I think you will need to dig a post hole trough the asphalt at least for the lower pole. You might be able to attach the upper one to the retaining wall timber with steel brackets.
 
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I agree going deep with the 4x4 is best although bolting it to the stringer might be ok.
 
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Moderator, this is very strange. I've tried uploading the picture, both right side up and upside down, and it always posts as upside down....
 
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Thanks. How thick is asphalt usually, and what's the best way to dig it out?
 
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Your concrete pad should be about 4" thick.
 
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Asphalt is often only 2"-3" thick but there is usually a gravel or slate rock base at least double that thickness under it.
 
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I have the same issue, my deck stairs doesn't seem to have the proper support. The posts were not installed properly (a hole dug and filled with cement). i would be interested in the response. I wonder if I should start a new post..
 
 

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