Many of the pieces in the railing package are premeasured, pre-cut, and prenotched in the shop, based on the field measurements taken by our site rep. We cut each railing package at the same time as we build the stairs, using the actual stairs to guide us (see Figure 1).

Figure 1. The stair shop prefits each railing system to the actual stairs as the stairs are built, so that no complicated layout is needed on site. Here, a shop carpenter test-fits a post to a stair set (left), then checks the plumb cut on a railing (right).

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