Railing made from PVC pipe

britinusa

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May 9, 2010
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Western Pennsylvania
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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Too vague. How big in diameter? What distance in between supports? Short answer is maybe but it is pretty "flexy" stuff
 

Samantha Sabrina

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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.
 

britinusa

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May 9, 2010
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Western Pennsylvania
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.