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Question: The metal handrail on my back steps has come loose and become a real safety hazard, especially for my young kids. What is the best way to fix the handrail before someone gets hurt?
Answer: Loose handrails can be very dangerous, so it’s great you’re addressing the problem quickly. QUIKRETE® Anchoring Cement is a proven product for this project, but QUIKRETE® FastSet™ Anchoring Epoxy or QUIKRETE® High Strength Anchoring Epoxy applied with a caulk gun make the job easier. Watch the video below:
A great way to view and understand your building or repair project before you get started. Find out just about everything you need to know by watching the video below.
Setting handrails, bolts or metal posts in existing concrete has never been easier with the help of QUIKRETE Anchoring Cement.
When working with cement-based products, always wear eye protection and waterproof gloves.
Create a hole with a masonry core drill that is at least 1 inch larger than the diameter of the railing or bolt; the hole should be from 2 inches to 4 inches deep.
TIP: by increasing the embedded depth of the post, the pull-out strength will increase.
Mix Anchoring Cement by adding about 5 parts Anchoring Cement to 1 part clean water.
TIP: QUIKRETE Anchoring Cement is a Rapid Setting material so mix only as much as can be used in about 10 minutes.
Use a margin trowel to thoroughly mix the material to a fluid consistency similar to syrup. Make sure that the mix is uniform and lump free. If the mix is too wet, add additional Anchoring Cement and mix thoroughly; if the mix is too dry, add small amounts of water sparingly.
TIP: for vertical applications, simply add less water and mix to a heavy putty consistency.
Prior to pouring the anchoring cement, remove any loose debris and dampen the hole, but do not leave standing water.
Slowly pour the Anchoring Cement into the hole around the post to a level slightly above the surface. (Anchoring Cement will reach over 4000 psi in 24 hours and can support heavy weight in just 2 hours.)