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    Railing made from PVC pipe

    Would some sch40 pvc pipe be strong enough to make a new hand rail for my steps?
    The metal one has rusted through and I dont want to be buying new railings every 3 years.
    I have the "Main Access" brand of step
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    Re: Railing made from PVC pipe

    Too vague. How big in diameter? What distance in between supports? Short answer is maybe but it is pretty "flexy" stuff
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    Re: Railing made from PVC pipe

    2" in short sections, (no more than 16"), between uprights might work pretty good, mostly depending on who would be using it, larger folks, or lots of children might not be a good idea.

    If you do use PVC, make sure you paint it with a "Good" quality outdoor Latex paint, regular PVC does not take to UV rays very well, it will turn brittle and degrade over time and become weaker.
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    Re: Railing made from PVC pipe

    You can always go to Schedule 80 and not worry about it.
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    Re: Railing made from PVC pipe

    OK the railings are around 2.5" and each hand rail is about 4ft long bent over in an arc shape.
    I was thinking of putting a smaller diameter pipe inside the vertical parts for added strength.
    15ft round above ground pool (6600 gallons)
    Sand filter
    Jandy gas heater
    Intermatic timer

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