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Can you fix my stair problem? Any ideas pleeeaasseee....

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UpDownUpDownandaweebitannoying Sun 19-Jun-16 19:29:41

I don't think there is a shortcut answer but thought I'd throw it out there....

I have a new house with an open staircase - side drop opens onto ceramic tiles floor. With 2 children incl a toddler I can't move in as it is.

The landing cuts across about 2/3 way up and it turns a corner. So it's a triangular open side.

I am finding it impossible to get a carpenter to build a stair rail. Of 9 calls Fri, 1 is going to quote but can't do work for a while.

I'll keep calling tomorrow but does anyone have a short term solution I'm missing?

I'm very very keen to move in.

AppleAndBlackberry Sun 19-Jun-16 19:38:47

Could you do something with o screws and cord or netting? like this

wowfudge Sun 19-Jun-16 19:38:50

You can get safety stuff which you attach with cable ties. Try googling 'bannister safety guard'. You can buy it via Amazon.

UpDownUpDownandaweebitannoying Sun 19-Jun-16 19:45:31


Banister guard doesn't work as there is no nothing to attach it to. Not even a post at the bottom.

I wonder how safe I could make something like the photo AppleandBlackberry posted. Hmm. Having a think.

CatsCantFlyFast Sun 19-Jun-16 19:47:09

Stairgate across the hall to prevent access to the stairs?

UpDownUpDownandaweebitannoying Sun 19-Jun-16 19:52:11

Annoyingly there's nowhere to fit one top or bottom.

Doilooklikeatourist Sun 19-Jun-16 19:52:20

Surely if it's a new build , it will be subject to building regs and wouldn't be signed off with an unsafe staircase ?

UpDownUpDownandaweebitannoying Sun 19-Jun-16 19:55:16

It's not a new build. New to me.

Doilooklikeatourist Sun 19-Jun-16 20:04:23

Aah , sorry .
I read that as a new build house

ReedBunting Sun 19-Jun-16 20:08:29

could you use one of those play pens that can be unfolded to make a room divider with a gate in to prevent access to the bottom of the stairs? Are they made by baby dan?

lastnightiwenttomanderley Sun 19-Jun-16 20:10:42

Do you really need a carpenter? From your description it sounds like something someone with a bit of general building ability could manage - I imagine it might not be worth a carpenter taking on as it's such a small job with little specialist requirement. Have you tried a general handyman/woman?

StepAwayFromTheThesaurus Sun 19-Jun-16 20:14:34

I was going to suggest a general handyman too. You don't need a master carpenter; you just need to be able to use your stairs.

UpDownUpDownandaweebitannoying Sun 19-Jun-16 20:20:08

I hadn't thought handyman. I'll try that tomorrow thanks. Yes, i'm not too fussed how it looks.

Abinob Sun 19-Jun-16 20:22:49

Ask on one of those Facebook selling sites, someone will know someone who will be able/willing to do it

StepAwayFromTheThesaurus Sun 19-Jun-16 20:25:46

My FIL is a handyman. He'd make you really lovely banisters. Lots of handymen are actually pretty good at joinery.

Ruhrpott Sun 19-Jun-16 20:29:23

I would look at the diy shops and buy the kit and try and do it myself

UpDownUpDownandaweebitannoying Sun 19-Jun-16 20:31:00

Sorry, didn't mean to suggest a handyman wouldn't do a good job.

Lucky FIL to have. smile

Not in FB but there must be some local websites.

StepAwayFromTheThesaurus Sun 19-Jun-16 20:36:54

I didn't feel insulted. I was more trying to reassure you that it doesn't mean you won't have nice banisters.

Unfortunately FIL lives at the other end of the country, otherwise we'd get him to do everything for us!

TheCrowFromBelow Sun 19-Jun-16 20:44:19

Would something like this work in the short term as a gate? We used it across an awkward half landing. It's big enrol ought to divide a room so it might work until you get bannisters

UpDownUpDownandaweebitannoying Sun 19-Jun-16 21:12:50


Still leaves me a little nervous

We had an open tread stairway, although with handrails, in last house and got used to DC on it quickly so I'm not normally nervous re stairs.

Might go have a look tomorrow see if I can use these short term ideas.

And maybe a crash mat for the bottom!

Not sure I'd manage to build the rails myself.

caroldecker Sun 19-Jun-16 23:01:31

As per Apple's picture, hooks into ceiling and stairs, link up with cord, then you can add cross cords. Or just netting like this

scarlets Mon 20-Jun-16 09:10:40

You can find tradespeople on street, assuming it operates in your neck of the woods.

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