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Old 01-16-2013, 05:46 PM   #1
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Need to tighten spindles on stair rails.


I have a nice home from 1920 that I am leasing to tenants. There is a beautiful wood stair rail going up the stairs and along the side of the stairs. The city inspector said the railing is too loose and I must tighten it. The spindles are fully twisted in place. The railing is probably exactly like it was when put there over 90 years ago. If you were to violently shake the rail it may wobble, but it is not dangerous in my opinion. How do I firm this up without destroying the esthetics?

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Old 01-16-2013, 06:12 PM   #2
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Here are pictures of the stair rail and spindles that the inspector says is wobbly.
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Overall. The inspecter can shake this if he tries hard enough.
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Need a picture of how the rails were attached.
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How can I secure these so the railing does not shake?
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Hopefully one of the real stair guys will post at some time to day.
First thing I see is two missing Newel post,
http://www.stairpartsusa.com/Stair_Parts_Newels_s/5.htm

Not sure how just using ballisters can keep the railing from moving.
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Agreed should've had a Newell post at top of stairs. To stiffen it
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I would ask inspector if he had any suggestions that would keep the integrity of the time period and your house
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Only have pictures to go by, but are those ballisters orginal to the house?
Looks to clean to be that old. Older ones buy now would have had many layers of paint.
See any old black marks on the hardwood flooring where there may have been newel posts?

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Old 02-01-2013, 04:33 PM   #13
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Those look like 5015 balusters and 6010 handrail. Run of the mill stuff still popular today
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So Miller would you build it like that one?
I'm just not seeing how ballisters that are just glued in at the top are going to keep that rail from moving.
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I think it needs a newel at the top to anchor the rail. I did a job that was similar to that but they used square balusters. I used a solid steel baluster that passed through the tread and anchored to framing and one through subfloor on balcony and attached to joist. Made it easy seeing the floor wasn't down yet. Are those balusters loose at the bottom where they attach to the stair and balcony nosing
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