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#1 posted 06-25-2018 06:04 PM

First off, I take it you intend to replace the posts with a more A&C style boxed look. 1. option is to just build the box and slide it over (really not as hard as it sounds) or replace the entire railing, a lot more work.

Now about how its fastened. Code requires that the posts be solid as a rock, those two screws (plugs) are most likely secondary fasteners (could have construction adhesive) most have a dowel that goes into the floor framing and secured from below (more lags) or some type of bracket. Check in the basement under the stairs.

The railing to the post; will have a lag screw/bolt combo that was drilled from the underside and than plugged, same fro the upper post. Dig out the plug and its a small hole and a specialty wrench is used.

Balisters/spindles. The holes are drilled deeper into the railing, to install them you just push them all the way in and insert the dowel at the bottom into the hole, most, well I did only applied glue to the bottom and maybe a pin nail at the top.

This can get you started, if you have any questions just ask as I’ve installed close to a hundred sets of stairs.

-- Doug...

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