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#1 posted 06-26-2018 12:13 AM

Hi Art,

Before you throw in the towel, do a little more research. I know that big orange sells stair parts that you can go look at. This should give you an idea of what is involved. I have a similar railing in my home, and it is laminated from several, staggered pieces with finger joints, so that is definitely allowed by code. I have 9’ ceiling, like you, and there is an extra post in the middle, but it only supports the railing from the bottom so as to not break up the railing.

My guess is that the newel posts don’t have any glue on them. I watch the guy install mine when we built this house, and it was just bolted into the framing. So if your design can mount the same way as the current posts, that should take away most of the structural questions. You have the angle from the current railing, and the two other sections are straight.

My $0.02

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