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Old 08-07-2017, 05:34 PM   #1
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Question Hand rail installation???

Our 2017 crusader 340 has no handrail going up 3 steps to bedroom. Makes it difficult for wife to get up and down, so I made one out of som walnut remnants I had left over from previous project. I located studs but I'm sure they are metal studs and my question is, how are people anchoring things to metal studs? Have researched quite a bit and haven't come up with good solution. Not sure that screws for Sheetrock over metal stud would be secure enough. Have included a picture of final project. Thanks for any feedback. Eldon

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Old 08-07-2017, 05:38 PM   #2
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I personally would use a toggle bolt installation for what you describe.
Drill into the studs and make sure you get the toggle on a stud.
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Old 08-07-2017, 05:47 PM   #3
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ok that's what I was kind of thinking about too
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Old 08-07-2017, 06:04 PM   #4
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You can get sheet metal screws in various lengths and sizes so you don't have to make such a large hole for the toggle to fit.
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Old 08-07-2017, 06:10 PM   #5
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I personally would use a toggle bolt installation for what you describe.
Drill into the studs and make sure you get the toggle on a stud.
I would not use a toggle on the metal studs on the right exterior wall, the other side of the stud is your fiberglass skin.
I would not use a toggle on the left interior wall (wood studs), the other side of the stud is 1/8" luan wall board.
Use a lag bolt into the wood stud on the left side, self taping screw/lag on the aluminum stud. Either side should have a bolt that is less than 1.25" (2" walls)
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Not all walls are 2 inches. Open your door and get a measurement from there. The exterior wall on my TT is 1-3/4 inches thick with metal studs. I mounted a tv in the bedroom to the metal backer plate using 1 or 1-1/4 sheet metal screws. I don't remember which length I used.
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Since the OP had the skills to fabricate a hand rail out of walnut, I made the assumption that he would be measuring the wall thickness, plus how far he had drilled the holes into the walnut to make sure he bought the proper length toggle bolts which would be be the best thing for this application.
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Since the OP had the skills to fabricate a hand rail out of walnut, I made the assumption that he would be measuring the wall thickness, plus how far he had drilled the holes into the walnut to make sure he bought the proper length toggle bolts which would be be the best thing for this application.
I doubt the OP would have room for the "toggle wing" to be inserted and open inside the aluminum stud.
Multiple self taping screws or a hole pre-drilled for a lag would be the way to go for me.
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I made a handrail for ours and just used sheet metal screws thru the aluminum studs and used wooden plugs in the holes. The handrail itself is anchored to the longer board that is anchored to the studs.
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Thanks oldcoot. I had seen your post earlier and was wondering how you secured it to wall. I made mine the same way, connected the hand rail to longer board, just insure how to secure it to metal studs. Thanks to everyone who replied. Giving me lots of ideas. Eldon
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Well finally got hand rail finished. Quite a hassle. Only Had one stud so had to settle for sheet metal screw in that and then a couple of anchors called Toggler anchors. Had to drill 1/2" hole and found out that insulation is a solid sheet of styrofoam so had to dig out enough behind wall so toggle will open. No way to get any support behind wall, so I plained down some more walnut and mounted it between wall and hand rail. Wife tried it out and is good and steady for now.
If anyone can tell me how to post pictures I will show what it looks like. Eldon
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