How to Install Iron Staircase Balusters How to Install Iron Staircase Balusters

What You'll Need
Balusters
Sockets and shoes
Epoxy glue
Drill
Dowels
Hammer
Electric Saw
Allen keys

Iron staircase balusters are becoming a home trend decoration since they can offer a rustic look to the stairs. Iron balusters are generally preferred to wood balusters, which are often cheaper and less attractive. Hence, here is a small guide and a list of the required tools in order to install iron balusters on your staircase.

Step 1 – Remove the Wood Balusters

If the staircase has wood balusters, you can easily remove them to install the iron ones. Simply cut the balusters in the middle with the electric saw and remove the top and bottom pieces. Then, use a scraper to scrape any old glue and remove the nails from the baluster holes where you are going to install the iron balusters.

Step 2 – Prepare the Holes

If you do not have any existing holes which you can use, you have to drill the holes for the balusters. Hence, measure the thickness of the balusters and drill the holes in the floor and underneath the handrail. Make sure not to make the holes too big, otherwise the balusters will not stand firmly.

Step 3 – Insert the Dowels

Now that the holes are ready, you can start filling them with epoxy glue. When ready, insert a dowel in each floor hole and use the hammer to tap it down so it is just below level. These dowels will act as platform for the balusters and will make them much stronger when attached both to the floor and to the handrail.

Step 4 – Place the Sockets

After the glue has dried, drill a hole in the wood dowels and screw a baluster socket in each dowel. Make sure that the sockets are properly inserted into the holes so that the balusters will stand perfectly aligned. This will also help to maintain the pattern if the balusters have a design structure.

Step 5 – Cut the Balusters

Place a baluster in the socket and mark the spot where the baluster is exactly under the handrail. Then ,mark all the other balusters and cut them to the right height using the electric saw. Remember that balusters should always be cut from the bottom and not from the top.

Step 6 – Place the Balusters

Before installing the baluster, slide the shoes onto it and make sure that they are aligned properly and that they are on the correct end of the baluster. Usually, the bottom shoes have a wider opening in order to accommodate the socket. Now, insert the bottom of the baluster into the socket and then push the baluster into the hole of the handrail. Then, adjust the shoes in place and use the right hex key to tighten the set screws. Repeat this step until you install all the balusters of your staircase.

This is one of the easiest ways to install or replace staircase balusters. When you are done, you will be amazed how different your staircase will look.

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