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Victorian banister meeting wall straight on, keeps cracking plaster

Discussion in 'Decorating and Painting' started by rrafluap, 14 Apr 2021.

  1. rrafluap

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    Hey,

    I've recently had the walls in my hallway skimmed and have an issue where the old bannister meets the wall, it may have originally had a fixing inside, but if it has, it's failed. As there is some movement (at least 5mm), if someone pulls on the bannister, which just to the right is a post, so very likely, it pulls the handrail from the wall and cracks the plaster. I've tried a few things but at this point, I can only see an awful L shaped bracket doing the job.

    Does anyone have any suggestions? Image attached and video linked.



    Thanks, Paul.
     

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  3. jacko555

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    Whats on the other side of the wall? I had similar issue luckily it was internal wall. Used a long screw and washer from the other side
     
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  4. KenGMac

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    How about??

    Fit a "dummy" post, fitted to the wall with Dowels into the handrail [unseen]

    Careful positioning of the dowels preferably 2 [as above] then slide the post on to the wall then fix the post to the wall.

    Post could "look like" a balustrade, or a similar profile as the handrail?

    Ken.
     
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    They would have been a good idea but it's an outside wall unfortunately. More precisely it's in the lady next doors house :D Thanks though.

    That's not a bad idea either, but might need to be a last ditch effort as if imagine getting hold of a matching one or having one made could be problematic?


    I could live with the movement as it's still very sturdy, but id have to find a way of preventing the filler from sticking to the wood? I've been sticking masking tape on it to apply? Perhaps I'm not letting it dry fully?
     
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    OK Understood.

    How about a block of timber to match the handrail, but the block could be fairly short in length with a profiled end . the bottom of the block ?

    Ken.
     
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    you can get a "half" newel post for this kind of application.

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    You could try sinking an L bracket underneath the banister into the wall and then filling over the bracket and painting. If you've got a bit of time you could also sink the L in the banister too and fill with wood filler and re stain the banister!
     
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    Thanks everyone, will be able to work something out from the great suggestions. I appreciate it.
     
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    You could sink the L bracket in to the wall?

    Or perhaps dig away some of the plaster on the underside and drive a screw/plug upwards at 45 or less degrees (difficult though because . Or hack away some of the plaster and back fill with epoxy resin to glue the rail to the wall?
     
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