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Old 06-28-2008, 01:30 PM   #1
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Hardwood and Metal Post Problem!


I removed my living room carpet and replaced with Engineered Hardwood and quarter round on the concrete slab, the job went pretty good.

The issue I have is that my stairwell railing is metal and has an initial post bolted directly onto concrete, when we removed the carpet I didn't think much about the 3"x3" metal base bolted into the concrete we just went around it but now that we finished, it is a little unsightly. A untrimmed square around the metal post base. I wish I had a picture now but does anyone have any idea how to improve upon this.

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Old 06-28-2008, 03:35 PM   #2
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is their any way to unconnected the post from the square part if so I know they sell round and square Pieces with a hole in the middle that you could slide over it a glue it in place I have seen them unfinished so you would have to stain it to match your floor and I am sorry I don't know what they were called

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Old 06-28-2008, 04:08 PM   #3
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hmm, sounds interesting, could you guide me further.

If anyone has a homegrown remedy I would REALLY appreciate some guidance.

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Old 06-28-2008, 04:37 PM   #4
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well the only othe roption I can think of off the top of my head is to go get a small peice off wood stock same as what you put down for the floor if what you have as left over would work great then all you have to do is drill a hole large enough for it to fit over the post cut it to size and glue it down.If its not big enougn buy a small peice stain it to match and do the same wont cost but a couple of bucks and a little time but both ideal hing on weather or not that come apart
personaly I wouldnt have gone around it I would have taken a little off the botem of the flooring to compesate for the plate and cut around so it would have fit flush I know hind site is 20/20
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Old 06-29-2008, 12:16 AM   #5
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Thanks for the idea, but the post is attached to a stair railing so it has to go around. I just want it to look a bit neater if I can get it to.

I know this is a bit unconventional but anyone with another idea would be appreciated.

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Old 06-29-2008, 11:20 AM   #6
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The post is likely welded to the anchor plate, the anchor plate is bolted firmly into the floor, the rail and spindle assembly is likely welded to the post. NOTHING is going to "drop over" the post.

Box it in at the base with some wood trim components to hide the ugly. The pieces will be small so glue them to each other. If it takes few days to complete while glue is drying each time, no big deal.


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That is what I am trying to figure out LOL, what pieces combination of pieces can I place to hide the ugle and not end up making another ugly.

I am going to send a picture of it tomorrow.

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That is what I am trying to figure out LOL, what pieces combination of pieces can I place to hide the ugle and not end up making another ugly.

I am going to send a picture of it tomorrow.

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This sounds cheesy, but can you construct a mini newel-post, that mimics what would be there on a wooden banister? It sounds like you could build a mini Empire State Building from wood stained the same color as your flooring, to transition from the floor to the banister and cover up the hole. Not tall, just enough to gradually make the shift, maybe 6 inches? Once it's done, no one would even notice.
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Let's see the picture.
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Rather than thinking you have to drop something over the post, build a newel post that will wrap around the existing metal post.

Start with 4 pieces of wood, securely fasten two together to make a right angle. Do the same with the other two. Take the two right angles wrap around the post and fasten them together with nails/screws/biscuits or any other favorite means. Use some creativity with simple plywood and off the rack moulding, and no one will be the wiser. Make sure you support the skin around the post otherwise it'll just flop around that would be bad.
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The post is likely welded to the anchor plate, the anchor plate is bolted firmly into the floor, the rail and spindle assembly is likely welded to the post...

This sounds much like an kids song, "The head bone is connected to the neck bone, the neck bone connected to the back bone...." maybe you should publish it! Could you imagine future generations of DIY'ers singing the song while thinking of pending repairs? Priceless!
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Hey guys, thanks for the ideas, I had a family emergency and will be out for the next week, when I get back I will send the pic.

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Hope it isn't too serious, good luck. We'll be holding our collective breaths anticipating your return...with the picture we have all been waiting for..!!!

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