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Old 04-07-2013, 10:46 PM   #1
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attaching a rail to cultured stone

every search i've tried takes me to installation of the cultured stone itself, not about how to attach items to cultured stone that already is installed...

i'm trying to install a vinyl handrail to an existing post that has the cultured stone already installed... the supplied screws that came with it don't seem to work... it simply screws into the veneer and makes the hole wider... there's no grab... and now i've got holes in there that won't hold the screw and that's exactly where i need to put it...

any ideas? are there specialized screws for cultured stone?


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Old 04-08-2013, 09:22 AM   #2
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attaching a rail to cultured stone

Got a picture?
Just attching to the fake stones not going to cut it.
Going to need long enough screws to reach what's behind it.
Use stainless or ceramic coated screws. the longer the better.

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Old 04-08-2013, 09:45 AM   #3
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attaching a rail to cultured stone

isn't ' cultured stone ' mostly cement, water, & fine aggregate ? if so, there's nothing to which your screws can ' grab ',,, even if they did, 1 good railing yank or load may possibly cause it to dislodge w/resultant injuries,,, joe's right, you gotta thru-bolt to something strong enough to hold & resist possible force,,, downside is longer thru-bolts will probably magnify applied force loads [ think of a lever & fulcrum ]

you might try adding lead or vinyl shields but i doubt they'll be successful either

if you hear it from a guy in the apron store, be VERY suspicious the mtl/method will work,,, when it time to build something together, they won't answer phones NOR help

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Old 04-08-2013, 10:13 AM   #4
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thanks for the replies all... looks like it will require at least 3 inch screws to get to what's behind the cultured stone... only problem is i think it may be the post hardware... ugh...
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