Surface Mount Universal Top Square 2″ Rod Railing Posts

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Product Description

Adaptable to almost any environment, Surface Mount Posts are the most popular post mounting style. Captivating & customizable, these posts are built from superior stainless steel or aluminum by craftsmen who care. Surface Mount Rod Railing Posts are perfect for decks, treads, and other surfaces. Well-suited for almost any scenario, these posts have earned their acclaim—and they’re ready to prove it.

***If you are ordering Rod Railing Posts for an angled run, please make sure that you have precise measurements (within .25 degrees) of that angle before you place your order. Indicate that measurement in the notes section when you are checking out.

Key Features: Universal Top 2” Square Posts

  • Perfect for level or angle runs
  • Available in Aluminum, 304 Stainless Steel, and 316 Stainless Steel
  • Find a look you love among more than 12 powder coat options

Post Configuration Details:

“A-5” – The “A-5″ post is designed to be an intermediate post on level runs. It has level holes drilled on both sides of the post. The rods will simply pass directly through the post, no additional fittings are required.

“B-5” – The “B-5″ post is designed to be an intermediate post on angled stair runs. It has offset* holes drilled on both sides of the post.

“D” – The “D” post is designed to turn a corner from an angled staircase to a level balcony turning left or right. It has offset* holes drilled on one side of the post, and level holes drilled on an adjacent side. When determining whether you select an LH (left-hand) or RH (right-hand) “D” Post, determine whether your run will be turning left or right as you walk up the stair. Then choose the corresponding direction when selecting your post configuration.

“F” – The “F” post is designed to be a starting post on level runs. One side of the post has a hole and the other three sides of the post are completely clean.

“G” – The “G” post is designed to turn corners on level runs. Two adjacent sides have holes in them, allowing you to smoothly turn a corner without offset drilling.

“H” – The “H” post is designed to transition from 36″ tall stair section to a 39″ or 42″ level balcony section. It has 10, offset* holes drilled on opposite sides of the posts, in addition, it has one (39″) or two (42″) holes drilled at the top of the high side of the post.

“I” – The “I” post is designed to turn a corner from an angled staircase and change heights to a level balcony turning left or right. It has 10, offset* holes drilled on opposite sides of the post, and 11 (39″) or 12 (42″), level holes drilled on an adjacent face. When determining whether you select an LH (left-hand) or RH (right-hand) “D” Post, determine whether your run will be turning left or right as you walk up the stair. Then choose the corresponding direction when selecting your post configuration.

“J” – The “J” (up or down) post is designed to be a start post on angle stair runs. One side of the post has holes drilled into it, the other three sides of the post are completely clean. When choosing “Up” or “Down,” determine whether your run will be continuing upwards or downwards from that post. Then choose the corresponding post configuration.

“R” – The “R” post is designed to be a start post on level runs that can mount directly to a wall. One side of the post has level holes drilled into it, and the opposite side has 1/8″ holes that allow you to use our 2″ trim screws to fasten the post to the wall.

“S” – The “S” post is shipped without any holes pre-drilled in the post itself (handrail bracket and foot still come pre-drilled). Select this post if you have an application where rods are not necessary but you still want to run handrail, or for a custom application where you want to drill the holes yourself.

* All offset holes are drilled at 40 degrees (the typical angle of a staircase), these 40-degree holes work with angles between 36 – 42 degrees. If your staircase falls outside those angles custom hole drilling can be requested at no additional charge.

Posts are manufactured 1″ shorter than their defined height. This will allow you to be at the exact height with our 1″ tall metal handrail, or slightly over with our 1 5/8″ tall 6000 series handrail.

Mounting feet come with 4 holes (6 holes on “B” posts) for 3/8″ fasteners. The handrail bracket also comes with 6 pre-drilled holes to secure the handrail.

The standard brackets that come with our posts are designed to work with flat bottom handrail, if you order our Round Metal Handrail 2″, we’ll automatically select rounded brackets to work with the handrail. If you have round wood handrail or are ordering an additional post for your project, please specify in the notes if you need a rounded bracket.

Product Specifications

Stainless Steel & Aluminum Posts Stamped Drawings

Installation Guide

 

Completed Projects

This product has been used in the following "Completed Projects"

    Product Q&A


    Guest
    Jim
    7 months 17 days ago

    I would like to mix the stainless steel posts (Type S- No Holes) with a vertical baluster system (simple 1/2″ square balusters at 4″ o.c.). This would be for a straight “banister” guardrail condition and for a sloping stair condition. The balusters will span from the floor (or tread) to the handrail. Is the universal top on this post able to be fixed in place so the handrail (model 6000) can accept balusters with out movement in the system? Does this require attachment to a wall? Do you offer hardware for this attachment? Thanks in advance.

    Support
    7 months 16 days ago

    Hi Jim,

    The handrail bracket can be locked in place by tightening the screws. Spanning the handrail from one post to the next will increase the lock on the brackets so that they will not move. It does not require attachment to a wall. In terms of hardware, we have 4″ post mounting screws that we recommend for installing the posts, and handrail mounting screws
    for attaching the handrail to the posts. To our knowledge, we haven’t had any customers mix cable railing with wrought iron balusters. We don’t foresee any issues with this, and we’d love to see pictures of your completed project when it’s all put together!

    Guest
    Jim
    4 months 29 days ago

    Thinking of having the posts 8″ away from the porch posts and having the rods go flush up against the porch post. Will that be ok or do you recommend the rods end inside the railing posts?

    Support
    Caleb Morris
    4 months 27 days ago

    Jim,

    We recommend terminating the rods inside of our posts. This helps with the strength and rigidity of the rods. If the end of the rod is not ending inside of a post, it will likely be more flexible than if it ended inside of the post. However, we have not tested this specific situation.