As it turns out, installing stair railing is easy and well within the skill set of even the most basic DIY home remodeler.
You will need:
- Handrail Bracket: These things are great. They will save you loads of time. The brand I use, Hillman, is cheap but it will win no awards for style. You can find unique railing brackets with a little searching (though they are very expensive, running well over $25 per piece.) Search Prices - Handrail Brackets
- Chalk Line: If you don't have a chalk line handy, don't worry. Anything resembling a chalk line (minus the chalk) works great: string, twine, fishing line.
- Pencil: Any kind.
- Railing: Unless you are a fine woodworker, buy pre-made railing--not raw lumber. You can find long, continuous railings at home centers. Buy about 24" longer than you will need to account for potential mistakes and to give yourself a short sample piece to work with.
- 2.5" Screws: Any kind. Drywall screws will work.
- Cordless Drill: You'll need both a Phillips-head driver and a set of bits.
- Laser Level: You can get by without this, but it really helps the process out.
- Measuring Tape