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Old 10-07-2009, 10:53 AM   #1
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front porch railing coming away from columns


i basically have two round columns on my front porch and then the wood railings that are in between them - but lately i noticed that the wood railing is coming away from these columns - almost like the glue or something has worn off - is there something i can do about this? if so what should i look for at my local hardware store
i assume just some kind of locktight glue then just paint over the work area?

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i basically have two round columns on my front porch and then the wood railings that are in between them - but lately i noticed that the wood railing is coming away from these columns - almost like the glue or something has worn off - is there something i can do about this? if so what should i look for at my local hardware store
i assume just some kind of locktight glue then just paint over the work area?

i'll try to post a pic later today
No, that will not be the solution to the problem. It will be more involved then that.
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Ok what about using some L brackets on the underside of the rail where it attaches to the column?
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If the rails are coming away from the colums and you cannot see any type of attaching device, then I would say the rails were not put in to local code to start with. Some people think that rails are purely cosmetic, most areas require rails to be functional also. There are a lot of hidden issues here, what type colums (plain round, or fluted), how are the top and bottome rails shaped? All of these have to be considered before proper attachment of the wood rails to any columns. Please--more information, pictures, and we can help you better. Thanks, David
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I think you'll find the railing was put in a little short, and that is just caulking drying out. Perhaps a bit of shrinkage involved too.
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maybe so - so i guess a lot of caulk would do the trick? what about keeping it from wobbling etc?
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It looks to be a 1/2" piece of wood. A little flimsy for a railing that doesn't seem to be connected too well to the column.
Try going over the top with something more appropriate for the job. The thicker wood will give you a place to apply mechanical fasteners.
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