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Postby MikeP68 » Mon Mar 07, 2011 10:45 pm

I'm looking to replace stai[arts for something a bit more modern and have seen the term 'rake' mentioned. Could someone explain what this means and what consideration it needs for the project?
Many thanks!
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Postby chris_on_tour2002 » Sat Mar 12, 2011 8:11 am

the rake is simply the pitch, or angle of steepness, of the staircase.
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Postby partstair » Tue Apr 26, 2011 4:41 pm

The rake is the handrail you hold when walking up the stairs and the landing is the flat balustrade ie outside the bedroom door, rakes of a staircase are usual between 32 degrees and 45 degrees although the maximum "rake" of a new staircase is 42 degrees in a house, most online suppliers of stair parts can provide you with a DVD or at least fitting instructions, its not as scary as you may think.
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Postby andy01 » Wed Jun 08, 2011 8:36 pm


i always thought the following

the rake is the angle
the handrail is a handrail
the balustrade is a vertical barrier not horozontal
the landing is simply a floor

maybe i'm wrong...
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Postby chris_on_tour2002 » Fri Jun 10, 2011 10:57 pm

the rake is simply the angle of pitch of the staircase.
the balustrade, or banister, is the name given to the handrail assembly in its entirety, comprising handrail, balusters, newel posts etc whether it be on the landing or running up the stairs. thus you could say it is both vertical and horizontal.

the landing is the floor at the top of the stairs.
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