DIY Wrought Iron Railing Kit

Wrought iron railings can enhance your home's exterior.
Wrought iron railings can enhance your home's exterior. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Wrought iron railings are a classic option for your home. They are durable, attractive and have a timeless appeal. Installing a wrought iron railing is something that you can do yourself. Railing kits come assembled and are mounted to the step portion of the stairs. Wrought iron railings are typically used in combination with cement stairs. The process for installing wrought iron on wood and cement is the same with the exception of the fasteners used. For wood, you would use lag screws designed for wood. On cement installations, you need to pre-drill the hole and use cement screws.

Things You'll Need

  • Wrought iron railing kit
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Hammer drill
  • Masonry bit, 1/16-inch smaller diameter than screws
  • Masonry screws
  • Screw gun

Position the wrought iron railing at the edge of the cement stairs in the place that you want it. Measure the distance from the mounts to the edge of the stairs with a tape measure to make sure that the spacing is even.

Mark the mounting holes in the mounts at the base of the railing onto the cement stairs with a pencil. Set the railing aside. Drill the holes to the depth of the length of the screws with a hammer drill and drill bit that is 1/16 inch smaller than the screws.

Align the holes in the mounts at the base of the railing with the drilled holes in the steps. Drive the screws through the holes in the mounts into the cement stairs with a screw gun.

Tips & Warnings

  • Select a wrought iron railing that will complement your home's exterior and hardware.
  • Wear eye protection when installing wrought iron railing kits.


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