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TAM-RAIL Stair Rail Installation Guide

STAIR RAIL INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS
6' or 8' Stair Rail Kit available in 36" or 42" rail heights

IMPORTANT PRODUCT SAFETY AND
PRE-INSTALLATION INFORMATION
The following installation instructions are provided to guide you through the installation process of the TAM-RAIL® Stair Rail Kit. TAMKO® Building Products, Inc. shall not be held liable for improper or unsafe installations. Failure to follow these instructions may lead to an unsafe product and will adversely effect coverage under the Limited Warranty. TAMKO recommends that all designs be reviewed by a licensed architect, engineer or local building official before installation to ensure that they are safe and in compliance with local building code requirements.

TOOLS REQUIRED FOR INSTALLATION
Tape measure, miter saw or hack saw, drill, #2 square drive bit, level, safety glasses, and hearing protection. For larger construction projects, a miter saw and drill are strongly recommended for quicker installation.




6' STAIR RAIL KIT
COMPONENTS:
8' STAIR RAIL KIT
COMPONENTS:
6' TAM-RAIL Top Rail 8' TAM-RAIL Top Rail
6' TAM-RAIL Bottom Rail 8' TAM-RAIL Bottom Rail
Square or Colonial Balusters (11) Square or Colonial Balusters (15)
Top Rail Metal Brackets (2) Top Rail Metal Brackets (2)
Bottom Rail Metal Brackets (2) Bottom Rail Metal Brackets (2)
Top Rail Bracket Covers (2) Top Rail Bracket Covers (2)
Bottom Rail Bracket Covers (2) Bottom Rail Bracket Covers (2)
1" Stainless Screws (13) 1" Stainless Screws (13)
2" Stainless Screws (13) 2" Stainless Screws (13)
Crush Block (1)

SUBSTITUTION FOR THESE COMPONENTS IS NOT ALLOWED
AS SUBSTITUTING COMPONENTS COULD CAUSE A SAFETY HAZARD.

INSTALLATION STEPS
1. Install and prepare posts for TAM-RAIL Railing installation. Ensure mounting surfaces are level and plumb. (Fig. 1) TAMKO recommends using TAM-RAIL post mount systems or wood posts covered with our matching TAM-RAIL post sleeve.

 

2. Measure the length between posts and confirm the TAM-RAIL Railing Kit required. (Fig. 2)

Refer to the TAM-RAIL Stair Slope Chart for the degree of angle required.
TAM-RAIL STAIR RAIL KIT RAIL LENGTHS
Nominal Rail Length 6' 8'
Nominal Rail Length 78" 102"

3. Lay the bottom rail beside the posts with baluster holes facing upward. The rail should extend past each of the mounting surfaces. For 8' Rail Kits, verify that the crush block location on the underside of the bottom rail will be positioned securely onto the stair tread.

4. Mark the required rail length with an additional 1/8" removed from each end to compensate for the metal brackets. (Fig. 3)

IMPORTANT: For even end spacing a minimum of 2-3/8" rail length is required from the end of rail to fi rst baluster hole on both ends of the rail. If even end spacing is not required, a minimum of 2-3/8" rail length on the lower end and 2" rail length on the upper end of the rail is allowable. Check end spacing and verify minimum length requirements prior to cutting. Ensure that the end space gaps between posts and balusters will not exceed 4".

When positioned and marked cut the bottom rail to the proper angle.



5. Lay the top rail beside the bottom rail with baluster holes facing and aligned. (Fig. 4) Using a straight edge mark the continuation of the bottom rail angle onto the top rail. Ensure that the end spacing from end of rail to fi rst baluster on each end of the top rail matches the bottom rail end spacing below. Cut the top rail.

SKIP STEP 6 IF YOU ARE INSTALLING A 6' STAIR SECTION



6. Trim the crush block to accommodate the desired bottom rail clearance and insert into the pre-cut hole on the underside of the bottom rail.

Be sure to check with your local building code offi officials for any bottom rail clearance or rail height requirements. Improper clearance or rail height could cause a safety hazard.

7. Position the bottom rail between posts at the desired height and angle. Mark the location on the posts. (Fig. 5)



8. Position the bottom rail metal brackets (marked “BOT”) so that they are centered on both the post and bottom rail and install using two of the screws provided. Use the 2" screws for mounting to a wood post, or the 1" screws included in TAM-RAIL Post Mount kit when mounting to the TAM-RAIL Post Mount System.

9. Slide bracket covers over the bottom rail and position the rail between the bottom rail metal brackets. (Fig. 6) Level the rail at the desired angle and secure in place on both sides of the metal brackets using two of the 1" screws provided. Snap the bracket covers over the metal brackets.



10. Determine the location of the top rail metal brackets (marked “TOP”). Insert balusters in the fi first and last holes of the bottom rail. (Fig. 7) Align top rail over the balusters and install. Ensure the top rail is fully nested and level with the bottom rail. Position the top rail metal brackets on the rail and mark the bracket locations on each post.



11. Remove the top rail. Position the top rail metal brackets on the posts and install using four of the screws provided. Use the 2" screws for mounting to a wood post, or the 1" screws included in TAM-RAIL Post Mount kit when mounting to the TAM-RAIL Post Mount System.

12. Insert balusters into the pre-routed bottom rail holes.

13. Slide bracket covers over both ends of the top rail. Align top rail over the balusters and insert balusters one at a time until the top rail is fully installed. (Fig. 8)



14. Secure top rail in place by installing two 1" screws on both sides of the metal brackets. (Fig. 9) Snap bracket covers over the metal brackets.




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