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Old 01-28-2011, 02:32 PM   #1
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Hello all. at the top of our stairs there is a railing that matches the stair railing, and at the end is a newel post that also matches the rest of the newels. Apparently the previous owner of the house was design-challenged and thought it would be a good idea to add a copper post cap (usually used outdoors) glued and nailed to the top of the post cap. What should I do to get this off? The adhesive is pretty strong!

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Hello all. at the top of our stairs there is a railing that matches the stair railing, and at the end is a newel post that also matches the rest of the newels. Apparently the previous owner of the house was design-challenged and thought it would be a good idea to add a copper post cap (usually used outdoors) glued and nailed to the top of the post cap. What should I do to get this off? The adhesive is pretty strong!

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I'd take off the copper part to assess the inside of it. Then use a rigid putty knife and a hammer to try to tap it off. You'll have to do some sanding and filling but it still may not look like the rest of the finish on the railings

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Thanks for the speedy reply. Now I just have to find a way to get the copper cap off. Nails I can pry out, but I'll have to find a way to get under there with some kind of solvent to get that unglued. I'm guessing they used liquid nails or something similar, but who knows?
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Is it just one newel or all of them. If it's only one, can you replace the one newel and throw the old one out?

If the caps are on all of them, how about painting them all flat black or antiquing them?
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That tin cap is thin---cut it with a chisel and peal it off with the chisel and a pair of pliers.

If you have a pull saw you can slice off the wood trim close enough to finish the job with a sander.---Mike--
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Wireless G: Yes it is just the one. I'd like to avoid replacing the whole post if possible, mostly because I don't know how.

Mike: That sounds like what I had in mind. Hopefully I can make it look good after chiseling or find a replacement cap of some kind.
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Well, if you are careful and patient, and if you are any good with a chisel, you may be able to scrape it off without doing too much damage. Sanding may be necessary to remove chisel marks.

If you want to take the newel out, you need to disconnect the rails. There should be a small screw with an hex head under the rail that runs upwards on an angle into the newel. Both rails that run into the newel need to be disconnected. If you pickets are attached to the rails (which they probably are), you need to detach them from the rails as well. Once all of this is done, you can rotate the new to unscrew it from the floor. This is a bit of an undertaking.
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Thanks for the speedy reply. Now I just have to find a way to get the copper cap off. Nails I can pry out, but I'll have to find a way to get under there with some kind of solvent to get that unglued. I'm guessing they used liquid nails or something similar, but who knows?
Ther's no reason to use an adhesive and nails to hold down a post cap.
Take the nails out and lift it off.
If there is adhesive, use a 2" taping knife to lift it off.
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Thanks Ron. Yeah this homeowner had some "interesting" ideas about how to do things. I'll give that a try.


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