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anthonyr 05-13-2010 10:37 PM

stair balusters
I would lik to change wooden baulesters to wrought iron, how do I begin?

PaliBob 05-14-2010 03:33 AM

Anthony, This will not be legal if the new opening between balusters is greater than 4".

md2lgyk 05-14-2010 10:46 AM

Perhaps, but not necessarily. The OP doesn't say where he lives. The circular stair kit I put up came with several different templates for drilling the steps to attach the balusters. Only difference between the templates was the spacing.

Millertyme 05-14-2010 05:49 PM

are you re[lacing the handrail too?
if not what kind of balusters are there now?square top?pin top?

anthonyr 05-14-2010 08:20 PM

Wooden pin tops, we would like to darken handrail a bit.

Millertyme 05-15-2010 09:14 AM

If you are not replacing the handrail, it may be tricky. The hole in the bottom of the rail are either going to be 5/8" or 3/4" depending on which baluster you have. The tops of the iron balusters are always 1/2". so you will need to find a way to fit them tight. They do sell special shoes that are made to pitch that you can use on bottom side of the rail and attach with a set screw. they also regular shoes on the bottom. The tread should have 3/4" holes drill in them. You will be able to use these hole again as long as you dont use any scroll style balusters. the scroll balusters might screw up the spacing and you will not be able to re use the holes.

Start by cutting out old balusters. Take a iron baluster and place the top part in the hole. Mark the bottom at the top of tread. Add 1/2" to the bottom of the baluster and then cut. i cut with a metal chop saw but i have also used a jigsaw with metal cutting blades, that works fine too. Fill hole with epoxy, gorrila glue, or pl400, slide shoes on first then slide in the baluster. drill the tread hole as deep as you can so you can put baluster in the hole, move into position and then slide it up all the way till it stops. Then tighten the set screw on the shoe.

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