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Old 01-10-2018, 02:40 PM   #1
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Replacing Top of Stair Railing with Wall


So I'm looking to convert this area into a full blown kids playroom as its more functional for them anyways with the walls and ceiling. I'm wondering if I'm going to need to run some posts up to the ceiling to secure everything firmly, and how many. I plan on using a method like this
to secure the ends but am unsure if it will be enough, or maybe to much pressure on the joists if the kids get to knocking around and running into it. Any ideas?

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Old 01-10-2018, 02:42 PM   #2
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Sorry here is a photo of the area.
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Are not talking about a wall to the ceiling? Or are you just looking at replacing the spindles?
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Sorry about that, that's all pretty conflicting..

Looking at putting up a half.
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Same height as the spindles, they are nothing but a hazard at this point and need replaced.
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If your posts are solid they should be attached to the joists below, then I would just incorporate them into the new wall. If not then the best would be a post on each side of the top of the stairs, the rest would be fine once they are sheeted with drywall.
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So your saying as long as I secure the two posts at the top of the stairs to some blocking between the floor joists below it will all be secure, so that would mean that I do not need to secure any posts to the rafters above?
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So your saying as long as I secure the two posts at the top of the stairs to some blocking between the floor joists below it will all be secure, so that would mean that I do not need to secure any posts to the rafters above?
If those two posts are solid leave them there and build the wall with them at or inside the end.

If they are solid they are built into the framing below. If they are not changing the framing from below would be tricky then I would go to the ceiling with those two posts
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Following are the tips-
1.Measure and Mark Important Locations
2.Mount the Brackets and Clamp the Rail
3.Cut the Rail Ends
4.Attach Returns and Rail
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Old 01-12-2018, 06:44 AM   #10
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Replace the spindles with balusters 4" on center & it will be safe.
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screw drywall directly to newel posts. Assuming everything is solid as Neal suggested.
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Old 01-12-2018, 08:09 AM   #12
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Will building walls around the stairs do anything to the air flow in relation to temperature?
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