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Balustrade Level I - Pilot Class

  • August 20, 2018
  • August 22, 2018
  • Atlanta Area - Cumming, GA

Level I Balustrade -  Pilot Class

This is the initial offering of the first class of the SMA's effort to teach to Stairbuilding and Handrailing skills appurtenant to the craft.  We have made a conscience effort to simplify the facility, tools and fixtures required by starting with balustrade installation and are offering the first class a 50% discount.

Location and Time:

StairWorx  - 3415 Hutchinson Road- Suite B, Cumming, GA 30040


Starting at 8:00a - 4:30p, Monday, August 20th - Wednesday, August 22nd


Course Description:

This course is designed to primarily introduce layout methods essential to Post-to-Post Balustrade installation.  It will include classroom instruction with hands-on layout instruction. The class will begin with a review of code requirements essential to balustrade layout, the stair parts to be used and the instructional paperwork that will accompany the learning process. The class will then progress to how to layout each part of the balustrade in both plan and elevation for both cut stringer and closed/curb stringer open stairs.  Proper location, spacing, height and fastening methods of each component to create a strong code compliant Post to Post balustrade will be included. Students will be working primarily with stock wood components, i.e. turned and box newels, pin and square top balusters, and 6010 rail.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Plan layouts of rail and baluster locations on flights, landings and at floors (balconies) on both open and curb stair configurations.
  2. Plan and Vertical layouts of newels for both notched and surface mount applications.
  3. Rail layout for post connections and baluster/rail connections for both drilled and ploughed rail
  4. Baluster grouping and vertical layout options, Running Trim at floors and landings, i.e.  landing tread, fascia/apron
  5. Secure connection methods commonly used for posts, rails, and balusters.
Only $375 per student

All students must be sponsored by an SMA member.

Application Submission:

Submit your complete application with sponsor and student signatures  to sma@stairways.org by Aug 6th if accepted you will be invoiced $375 tuition to be paid on receipt.

Download the Student/Sponsor Application MSWord version
Download the Student/Sponsor Application PDF Version

Accomodations: Block Extended to  July 28

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Atlanta-Cumming

870 Buford Rd., Cumming, GA 30040

(678) 845-7100

  • Includes Breakfast
  • Restaurants with in walking distance
  • 5 minutes from StairWorx
  • $119.00+ tax/night Block Extended to  July 28


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