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Attatching handrail to newel post.

Discussion in 'Floors, Stairs and Lofts' started by benjiman, 31 Jul 2004.

  1. benjiman

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    I am installing new banisters and am currently at the stage of fitting the handrail.

    I have bought the handrail fasterners from wickes but when i took the old handrail off i noticed a morticed cut behind the handrail.

    It was held in with nails and I have no idea what the rectangular mortice is for. However this means I cant use the fixings that I bought from wickes.

    Is there any other way to attatch the handrail so it remains strong and I get a good fit?
     
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    hellllooo benjamin the mortice is to take a tennon on the end of the
    hand rail i prefer to use offset dowels instead of nails

    if you havent got enough lenght to cut a tennon and fit it
    youll have to fill the mortice with a suitable bit of wood
    firmly glued and i would say pegged with a dowel
    going through

    unless the bracket you have doesnt rely on the repair for
    most of its support
    you could use screws but this would look naff if done wrong
    [i am refering to the repair and assuming wood grain showing]

    big all
     
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    Cheers mate. Think Ill screw in from under the handrail and countersink it. The fillets should cover it after.

    Also another quick question.

    How do I ensure that the handrail is the same angle as the baserail when fitted on?
     
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    helllooo benjiman

    i assume you mean parralel to the base rail[string as i call it]
    have you got 2 g clamps or mastic clamps
    mark eccsactly where the under edge of the hand rail will be
    clamp on a bit of wood on the inner edge of the bottom newel
    sticking out enough to rest the hand rail on make shure
    you protect the newel from the other jaw of the clamp
    do the same at the top [the top batton will have to be
    slightly lower due to the slope]
    place the hand rail in situe check its not sagging
    [would give you an inacurate angle]
    mark bottom end and cut
    return to position check a good fit if not recut
    when your happy overlap the handrail onto the newel
    by about 6mm the go to the top and mark the top for cutting
    you should now have a handrail that fits

    good luck big all
     
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    Thanks alot for your help big all. I didnt have any clamps but used wooden battons instead to get the correct angle on the bottom of the handlerail and then just screwed the batton underneath to hold it up in the correct position. Then same with the top. Thanks once again :D
     
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    easy peasy when you know

    spindles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    last time i looked it was a ball 100mm across
    must not pass through any gap on stairs or
    handrails banisters ect
    to stop a child falling through
    id go for 75 to 100 just even out over
    the lenght

    dont forget
    youve got to add one spacer to the calculation

    eg 37 spindles plus 38 spacers
    and its the spindle cut at the correct
    angle gives you its width on the capping

    check frequently to check the spindles
    are verticle

    check after two thirds to see if have to
    tighten or loosen the gaps to fit in

    big all
     

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