Does the rod appear to be structural or decorative?
If it's decorative, some clear silicon adhesive might do the trick, if
you could apply it and smooth it in a neat manner.
If it's structural, then it's kind of hard to make any suggestions
since I'm having trouble seeing the staircase from where I'm sitting.
Maybe it's the lighting.
Have you considered uploading a picture and providing a link so we can
see what's going on?
On Tue, 27 Jul 2010 13:19:27 -0700 (PDT), DerbyDad03
Here is a photo of the spiral stairs, but it doesn't show the break.
There are rods about a half inch in diameter that connect the handrail
to the center column. (you can see one if you look closely) One of
them is broken.
Okay, now it makes sense. Yeah, you could kludge up a repair, but you
shouldn't. Any repair should match the as-built fastening method,
because if your repair fails and somebody falls and busts their head on
those pretty-but-inherently-dangerous steps, guess what the insurance
company is gonna say? Local stair-and-fire-escape company, probably the
same one that put them in in the first place, is who to call. I would
not drill into the vertical post- aside from any immediate weakening, it
is a spot for internal rust to start. As a hillbilly temporary repair
until you can get somebody out there, some big hose clamps and strapping
will stiffen up the floppy part of the rail.
OK, so why wouldn't you post a picture of the break? Isn't that what
you want us to suggest fixes for?
If I posted a picture of the left side of my car and asked you how to
fix the dent on the right side, would you be able to help?
re: "Someone leans quite heavily on the handrail..."
And you know that how?
re: I wouldn't see any need for calling in a "spiral staircase"
So who would you call? And if the OP has to call -someone- why *not* a
"spiral staircase" expert?
I've got friends who weld for a living, but I'm not sure I'd just call
them and say "tack this back together for me". I think I'd want to
know why it cracked in the first place. Could be any installation
issue, could be a settling in the building, etc. I'd want to know the
root cause of the crack - even if it was just someone leaning heavily
on the handrail, which I assume the OP would be aware of.
Because "settling" or other major structural issues wouldn't make
themselves known by cracking one railing support...
You would see the stairs separating from the building or the whole
staircase would be "wobbly" if there was a support issue present...
This is ONE handrail fixture support which more likely than not was
broken by someone abusing the handrail by putting too much force
That is why *I* don't feel calling in engineering experts or anyone
else beyond a competent welder is necessary in this situation...
Well, it could be stainless or other non-ferromagnetic alloy altho Al
alloy may be a good bet...
Other than a hack of drilling and attaching a clamp or bracket or
somesuch I'd reckon probably not.
As another poster said, pictures would be good...
I'm having a hard time wrapping my mind around a handrail attached to the
center. I keep going 'round and 'round and not getting anywhere.
I, too, would like to see a picture - other than one done by Escher.
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