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Old 12-10-2011, 09:09 AM   #1
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I have a loose banister section that needs securing. The lower section that has five vertical spindles in a circle is loose. The spindles are secured at the bottom with small screws but I don't feel like this is enough support because of how thin they are. Would I have to remove the carpet to re-support these or is there a way of making them solid without having to dismantle everything and re-build?
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There isn't a Newell post and it appears that the balusters are toe nailed in so there needs to be some work done if you want it to be more solid.

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So...the whole assembly moves?
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That needs a newll post--
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You need to remove the rail assembly and the rug off the tread and as already stated, install a newell post. If you want, now is the time to upgrade the balusters.
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Yes the whole assembly moves. It's actually a neighbour friend of mine. They were told by someone else that it was an easy fix, so they are expecting me to do that "easy fix" -- I had a feeling it would be a little less easy than they anticipated
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The other railing (longer section) is built the exact same way at the bottom and it feels pretty solid -- probably because it is a continuous piece as opposed to a small section. If I replace one side with a Newell post -- I would assume Id have to do both -- this is a bit beyond my skill set and beyond what they are willing to do right now.
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You are smart to step out of the picture----securing a newell post correctly into an existing stair is a real project----
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The other railing (longer section) is built the exact same way at the bottom and it feels pretty solid -- probably because it is a continuous piece as opposed to a small section. If I replace one side with a Newell post -- I would assume Id have to do both -- this is a bit beyond my skill set and beyond what they are willing to do right now.
That could be your out, just tell them it is just a little out of range of your skill set, that is not a simple fix.
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When it gets fixed, the carpet should be ripped out of there. There is probably nice oak under that carpet. I dont understand why anyone would want that carpeted anyway. The proper way to fix would be to carefully remove the rail from the balusters, add an actual newel in there with perhaps a 3004 newel fastener from Lj Smith ( they are very easy to install), drill a new hole under the volute to accept the newel and reattach the rail. Perhaps not a diy job.

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