Here's Justin sawing the the 2x4's...He basically needed three 2x4's to be sawed to the right length. Two would be the supporting posts and one would be the actual handrail.
Here's Louie doing his job, making sure the extension cord doesn't get tangled...
Here's Justin drilling holes into specific places in the 2x4's. He drilled these holes so he could place long screws and bolts into the holds to secure the wood in place.
Here is an up-close shot of the screws and bolts.
And these are the places he put the screws and bolts in. He also put them where the 2x4s meet the stairs to make sure that it was secure.
Here's the before (with my Redskins hoodie on the doorknob):
And here's the after:
Here's Justin demonstrating its functionality. Yay!
I know it's not much to look at, but honestly it's not like we really needed something to hang on to when going up those stairs (being two able-bodied and relatively "young" people). We basically did it so we could keep our homeowners insurance, so now we are compliant! We'll get around to painting it or staining it eventually.
Since Justin built the handrail, our homeowner's insurance has been reinstated; however, they also said that we needed to get rid of the bricks in our backyard, which were leftover from our kitchen renovation. (You can see the bricks in question below.) We'll probably try using them in our treebox or maybe as a small fence for our front yard, but that's for another day...