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Old 01-11-2012, 09:28 AM   #31
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That is what I thought I would have to do...I think I will use an acorn bolt on the top for asthetics....sound ok?

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Old 01-11-2012, 10:08 PM   #32
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Acorn nut should workfine. Have to have right amount of threads sticking out. Too much an you nut won't get tight or it will break off the acorn, to little and the nut does not grip enough threads.
Use some Loctite on the treads.
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Old 01-11-2012, 11:33 PM   #33
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That is what I thought I would have to do...I think I will use an acorn bolt on the top for asthetics....sound ok?
You mean putting it on the wedge anchor with the nut and washer and then finishing it off with an acorn nut? If so, just for aesthetics yes but with such little thread on the acorn nut it will fall off in time. On another note if you intend to remove this handrail sometime in the future for moving purposes please donít apply any permanent adhesive to the acorn nut.
here are some sample acorn nuts: http://www.chromebolt.com/acorn-nut-c-54.html
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That is why I recommend the medium strength, can still remove it. Would the acorn nut work without the regular nut under it, Just a washer and then the acorn nut? Maybe not strong enough?
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That is why I recommend the medium strength, can still remove it. Would the acorn nut work without the regular nut under it, Just a washer and then the acorn nut? Maybe not strong enough?
The acorn nut does not have enough thread to do what the intended anchor is used for. It can only be used as an aesthetic nut to hide the thread. And yes you can use the medium strength loctite 243 to secure the acorn nut. But once itís on you can only remove it with hand tools and when removed you have to clean or should clean the remaining loctite on the thread before reapplying.
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There are plastic caps that go on over a nut. http://www.google.ca/search?q=plasti...EumciQLXqYDgDQ
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There are plastic caps that go on over a nut. http://www.google.ca/search?q=plasti...EumciQLXqYDgDQ
Yes I know all about those. Each and every one of those covers survives a different purpose for a different application and if you want to use it in this type of application go right ahead. But it will only be serving as an aesthetic finish thatís all. The strength is in the wedge anchor and how it is applied to the handrail.
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I think they want it to look good as well as be strong.
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I think they want it to look good as well as be strong.
Yes I can understand that, but this handrail is going to be mounted on a concrete wall going to the basement. Now unless her basement is finished and she wants to cover the exposed screwís she can, if not, there is nothing wrong with leaving it as is.
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I am installing going in to the basement. I am trying to make it look really nice because we are finishing the basement in to an apartment.

SO, I am looking to use a 1/4 inch diameter anchor (how long should I go?) and then put on the washer and nut that came with it....and THEN put on one of those caps right?

Any suggestion where I can buy all this (and not in sets of 100?) I only need three:-)

I appreciate all this help!! I think my handrail will look really great when I am done!
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Old 01-18-2012, 09:33 AM   #41
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In our area stairs to finished basements require guards on the open (unprotected) side ie pickets . Not sure if it applies in your district but you might want to check.

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