Repair or replace wood stair railing beam?

Old 05-08-18, 12:38 PM
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Question Repair or replace wood stair railing beam?

I'm new here, and would love any and all advice!

This railing is pretty badly splintered and cracked - is it salvageable with wood filler or is it time to cut out and replace the worst sections? My only experience has been refinishing decks over summers during college - I know the basics, but am new to repairs like this.
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Old 05-08-18, 02:37 PM
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Time to replace, wood fillers are useless on Pressure Treated lumber. Don't section it off to repair, do the whole piece and move forward.

Can you post a pic from a little further back so we can see the whole picture instead of close up?
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Also replacing will be quicker/easier than trying to use a filler that will fail sooner or later.

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