I used this railing going down into the basement, which oddly did not have a handrailing when I moved into the house. I have a split-level home, and the length of the railing was perfect for the length of the flight of stairs.
This railing was very easy to install, but I highly recommend using two people--one person to hold, and one person to mark. There are various places throughout the installation process which require marking. First, you start by marking the wall 29 inches from above the nose of the bottom stair and top stair. From those marks, create an imaginary line (or, lightly draw one) and locate the nearest stud along that line to each mark. If you think 29 inches seems low for a railing, you are correct--but this mark is not for the railing itself, but rather the bracket that attaches it to the wall. The way I did this was use the actual bracket, and draw a circle through the screw hole to guide where I drill. Once the brackets were installed to the wall, I had one person hold the railing in place while I marked in pencil through the screw holes (see photo) to guide where to drill. A second person is also handy to hold the railing still while you drill into the holes.
One thing I really appreciated about this product is that they included a 5/32nd drill bit with which to drill the metal railing. It's nice not having to buy special bits for a project. They did not, however, include a 1/4 inch wood bit (for attaching the brackets to the wall). I have a standard drill bit kit which includes this, so I think the thinking behind including the 5/32nd was because its a special bit for the material of the railing.
The finish of this railing is charcoal bronze--it's not quite as dark as oil-rubbed bronze, but it's still black at first glance. Don't expect a bronze colored railing, but if you have oil-rubbed bronze fixtures like I do, the difference in color is indiscernible.
The raililing is very strong and sturdy. I feel supported as I go up the stairs. This is necessary as I've been relying on handrailings more because I'm expecting (and the ability to see my feet has diminished over the past couple of months...). I also appreciate how the brackets which attach it to the wall are so long--they are at a 90 degree angle to the bottom of the railing, and allow for plenty of room (about 5 inches from the top of the railing) for hands and fingers. I have used other railings where the brackets that go to the wall are very short and get in the the way of fingers. This railing is comfortable, reliable, and smooth--It's also very easy to install, so I recommend it to anyone who is considering replacing a railing themselves.
High Quality of Material, Good Shape, Stylish, strong and sturdy, Functional