Victorian banister meeting wall straight on, keeps cracking plaster

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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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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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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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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
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.

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.

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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