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Old 11-16-2012, 11:13 AM   #1
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I don't know if this would be the correct section to post this but I'm wondering if anyone knows how to tighten down a banister pole at the bottom. I only see one exposed screw on the front and it is secure. I included a few pictures. If anyone has any ideas please let me know. Thanks

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Old 11-16-2012, 11:14 AM   #2
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Here are a few pics of it.

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Is the post only, moving or is the whole thing moving? From the looks of the picture the paint doesn't look like it is cracked where the post connects to the angled wall.
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It is just the post portion that is wobbling. Everything else is sturdy.
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Wrong way to have done it but I see what looks like 6 wood plugs that would be covering up some screws at the base of the post.
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If it is just the post, pop the caps and inject glue behind the post then use longer screws, or lags.
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Those plugs should have been sanded down before painting. Also, it appears to be over spray on the carpet.
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Yeah..they did a good job. Thanks for noticing
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The pleasure of old homes is that when you get everything fixed, and cleaned up, the significant other wants to get another project house, and you start all over again. I plan on being in ours for the next 25 years, until the wife and I retire.

The other day my 16y/o asked what is next after the Kitchen. Told him insulation in the walls, then redo the old aluminum siding on the outside, and then the basement, then expand into the upstairs if we decide to add two bedrooms up there, and expand the living room into our bedroom.
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Hi,on the loose newel post being it has been painted,if you are interested I would drill 2 holes in between the screws,space them out for appearance 1 above the other.This how and I the stair manufacturer suggest to install it.A 1" countersunk hole deep enough to conceal a lag screw and washer.Also drill a hole thru the remainder of the 1" hole into the framing behind this post with a bit 1 size smaller than the lag size diameter.Place 1" hole plugs with just enough glue to hold it in place, Then sand the 2 plugs and the original plugs flush with random orbit or whatever u use for heavier sanding down to smooth.

Sometimes extra if more is needed and reachable is to go up from underneath into at crawl space or basement,cut into subfloor as needed.
Sorry for rambling but if all that is holding this is the screws in front,longer or bigger screws won't fix it for good,only a matter of time before it will loosen.
One last thing if carpet is thick enough pull it back predrill and angle correct size screws so won't be visible when carpet is pushed back against it.

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