Gap in Paneling

Old 01-24-21, 08:30 AM
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Gap in Paneling

This in the staircase leading up to my attic. Obviously a hack job by the original owner. There is nothing behind the piece of paneling without the banister hardward, so I can't just nail it back in. How can I fix this gap so it's not so loose.

There is no wall behind the piece of paneling without the banister hardware
Old 01-24-21, 10:50 AM
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I assume there is a stud behind the railing bracket. Maybe a wide piece of trim [strip of plywood?] nailed to the stud and glued on the other side of the gap. reinstall handrail when done.

or you could remove the loose piece of paneling and install framing to secure it to.

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