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How do I attach a baby gate to a brick wall on one side and an wrought iron railing on the other?

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February 6th, 2009

I need to install a baby gate at the top of a set of stairs. One side is a brick wall, with quarter round where it meets a hardwood floor. The other side is the edge of an iron stair railing, about 2 1/2' high, where the top handhold extends about 4 inches past the last vertical rail, and the bottom screws into the hardwood floor.

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It depends on the type of baby gate you have. However, it is often easiest to mount a piece of wood to the railing or to the brick, and then attach your baby gate to the mounted wood.

To mount a board to the brick, cut a board to suitable length, probably around 3 feet. You will need something about 2" to 4" wide, and 3/4" to 1-1/2" thick. Use masonry anchors, and drill a hole in the brick using a masonry bit and a hammer drill. Alternatively, a masonry screw can also be used.

To mount a board to the railing, you will need two boards. Put one on each side of the railing, and use screws or bolts to fasten the boards together - you will be sandwiching the railing between them. If possible position the screws on both sides of a railing post so that the boards can't slide from side to side or up and down.
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February 6th, 2009
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