Re: Installing handrail in wall with no studs
It looks like the plaster needs some serious patching anyway, so maybe you can just open up that section of wall, put in the proper backing, patch the wall, then you'll have something to fasten the handrail to? Not sure how much work you want to get into here.
What's on the other side of the wall? If it's a closet, opening up the other side may result in a less conspicuous patch. You could even run bolts all the way through the wall to support the rail from the other side. There are lots of options, but most of them are ugly.
Another option is to use some kind of hollow wall anchors, but I'm not sure how well they will work on a plaster wall. Remember, whatever you use needs to be able to support the full weight of someone grabbing onto the rail to break a fall. That means it should probably be able to support 300-500 pounds (dynamic loading).
Last edited by Fencepost; 08-29-2014 at 12:59 PM.
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