Baluster replacement issue


Old 11-22-20, 10:37 AM
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Baluster replacement issue

I had to replace one of the balusters on my stairs. It has become loose at the top where it inserts into the bottom of the banister. I don't what to have to pull it out and re-insert it. It's just more of an annoyance that it's loose but it's not hurting anything. I would insert some glue in the hole where it inserts to the banister but I'm afraid it will drip down the baluster and dry since gravity happens. Any ideas how to tighten the loose fit at the top.

Old 11-22-20, 11:59 AM
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First thing I would try is using a syringe squirt wood glue up into the joint. The glue will only be wet and possible drip for a short time so not an issue.

If getting glue into the joint is not working, I would look to see if the bottom of the baluster was just toe nailed to the stringer cap, the entire baluster could be removed, glued, reinstalled.
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Glue is probably the easiest fix. Wrap the baluster with painter's tape if you are concerned about drips.

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