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  • Slippery Stainless Steel Banister

    A personal one.

    An elderly friend has just moved into a nice modern house, which unfortunately has a slippery satin finish stainless steel banister, which makes it difficult for him to support himself going upstairs.

    I'm looking for an unobtrusive way to may it a little more grippy.

    One way would be to use two or three dozen of those stick-on nipples which prevent cupboard doors beaging when they close, stuck to the rear side of the rail to give some grip to his fingers. It either needs a grippy material or a textured grip on the rear of the banister.

    Does anyone happen to know of any good ways to do this.

    Thanks

    ML
    Refer Mad Regulators to Arkell vs Pressdram.

  • #2
    How about several lengths of handlebar tape, just an elongated spiral would do, maybe not the very sticky adhesive stuff though.
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    • #3
      Use the stuff that insulates water pipes, I think it's foam rubber.
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      • #4
        A tricky one...

        - a Thora Hird stair master
        - Batman's grappling gun
        - knee pads and extra grip marigolds

        or..............drum roll


        A new wooden handrail - ta da
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        • #5
          The operative word is "unobtrusive" - ie better looking than Grand Designs.

          My suggestion of velcro and a mitten, or rubber gloves stationed at top and bottom did not go down well.

          ML
          Refer Mad Regulators to Arkell vs Pressdram.

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          • #6
            How about a thin strip of a bicycle inner tube cut to length and glued underneath...?

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            • #7
              Replacement handrail for duration of tenancy. It won't look 'altered' and no-one will be liable for velcro,innertube,rubber gloves etc falling off.
              Alternatively, use less Pledge when cleaning.!
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              • #8
                If the handrail is screwed to the mounting then swapping them out is an option.

                Frankly i wonder if it is actually that slippery. A polished new wood rail is no more or less slippy, and I suggest he wash the handrail with washing up liquid rinse and dry it and after all the polish and hand sweat etc is gone, its no more slippier that wood.
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                • #9
                  Safety grip tape, maybe a pain to remove afterwards but doable.
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                  • #10
                    I agree with MrJohnnyB - Safety grip tape.
                    It's the cheapest & safest option.
                    Consider spiraling it around the handrail in a neat way - It it is stainless steel then it might be a pain to remove but it will with elbow grease and the right solvent. Don't glue anything on to the rail - It could easily become detached at a later date whilst the T is walking on the stairs resulting in injured T and a claim against you.

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                    • #11
                      how about honey. High friction, natural and at the end of the tenancy can just lick it off.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by alex_bisgrove View Post
                        how about honey. High friction, natural and at the end of the tenancy can just lick it off.
                        What about the Bees
                        Based on the information posted, I offer my thoughts.Any action you then take is your liability. While commending individual effort, there is no substitute for a thorough review of documents and facts by paid for professional advisers.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by midlandslandlord View Post
                          The operative word is "unobtrusive" - ie better looking than Grand Designs.

                          My suggestion of velcro and a mitten, or rubber gloves stationed at top and bottom did not go down well.

                          ML
                          How about a bucket of water top and bottom to wet the hands; its the dry skin and shiny surface in combination that are the killer

                          Of course you would need a towel available top and bottom to dry hands off after reaching level ground.
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                          • #14
                            On a serious note have a builder take a look at it for the best option, always better to be safe than sorry. I had an elderly lady suffer terminal injuries from a fall in one of my properties due to a real oak staircase very dangerous when polished.

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