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The vertical posts which support the railing of the staircase; balusters are typically wood or metal.

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Refers to the entire system. Made up of handrail, balusters and newels.

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The stair parts used to form a smooth transition when the handrail changes height or makes a turn at a landing or a balcony. Common types of fittings are gooseneck, volute, overeasing, upeasing, quarterturn with cap and without cap, tandem cap.

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The horizontal or rake member of a balustrade system. It sits on top of the balusters and is supported by newell posts.

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Intermediate Landing

Level platform separating flights of stairs.

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Major support posts for the balustrade system. Larger and heavier than the balusters, newels are located at the bottom and top of a staircase and at turns and critical support areas of balcony rails. Can be over-the-post or post-to-post.

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The vertical components of a stair which support the treads.

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Starting Steps

The first tread and riser at the bottom of the staircase. Can be square or round (round is typically called a bullnose).

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The top surface of a stair on which one steps.