Stair Railings on Top of Walls

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Tami Olsen
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Stair Railings on Top of Walls
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So I'm building a three level house, and the owner wants a partially open stairway. What they're looking for is something like the attached picture. What I need to do is attach a kind of "cap" on the walls bounding the staircase, then add the same rail going down it to the main level floor. Whatever I try to do gets warped. It either wants to go to the stairs, or attach as a handrail to the side of the wall.

How can I cap the walls, and get the railing to follow along with the slope?

Bill Wimberley
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Stairs

Are you trying to do something like this?

 

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Tami Olsen
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Yes!

Yes that's exactly it. So you made a new wall definition with a cap on top. Then attached the rail to the wall like a handrail and offset it so it's inside the wall?

Bill Wimberley
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Railing

I added the railing to the stairs then edited the railing plan position and changed it from the default of 1.75" to -1.75" as shown in the 2nd image. This moved the railing out to the middle of the wall. Then it was just a matter of adjusting the wall heights and railings to make it look right. I would also edit the railings and uncheck Cleanup so that a cleanup later down the line won't cause the railings to readjust. I also edited the walls and set the Wall Join Tolerance of the ends that intersect at the inside of the stairs to 0". That prevents the walls from joining and forming a beveled end where they come together.

Tami Olsen
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Thanks

Thanks, Bill! You're a star!

jimcrook@live.com
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Wall Cap

Hey Bill, how did you do the wall cap ?

Did you just edit the toe-rail  to sit lower and be thinner and wider ?

JimC 

Bill Wimberley
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Capped Wall

The cap is just part of the wall definition. I set it to be "Fixed" so it would remain the same size no matter the wall height. The wall is included in the drawing file attached to my original post.