interior stair railing is loose


Old 10-19-03, 01:03 PM
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interior stair railing is loose

I have a 15 yr old 2 story home with a pine post and balluster stair railing that is free standing except at the top where it makes a 90 degree turn and is secured to the wall. I also have three active children.
Several posts and ballusters are loose (likely due to the wood drying out and to little arms pulling on the posts) and I am concerned that they will become unsafe. I am assuming that the ballusters attach to the railing and stairs by dowels, and the posts are likely nailed or screwed from underneath.

How can I repair/tighten them? By the way, the stairs to the basement are located immediately below.

Thanks for any suggestions.
Old 10-21-03, 10:53 AM
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Try injecting some white glue into the space between the ballaster and the base and the rail. Wipe off excess glue with a damp rag. White glue will dry clear

Hope this helps


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