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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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Need a picture of how the rails were attached.
 

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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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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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I was thinking there and at the right angle turn.
 

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My DIL asked me to do something because they have a similar railing with thin spindles. With the grandkids riding trikes at high speed in the upstairs hall, she was afraid they would crash through the railing and fall to the floor below as they had already cracked one of the spindles.
I took a long 3/4" thick red oak board and ripped 3/8" thick strips off it. I placed a strip horizontally on each side of the spindles halfway between the top and bottom, and bolted them together with machine screws and washers every 18". Painted white, they don't look bad and they really stiffened the railing. Sometime in the future they can be removed with no damage to the railing.
 
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