Replacing a Deck Railing

 

 
If your deck railing, or any part of it, is wobbly or damaged, replace it at once. If you suspect that your deck railings might not meet minimum standards established by your building codes, find out what those standards are and plan to bring your deck up to code. As with any deck repair project, thoroughly coat replacement parts with sealer-preservative, paying special attention to cut ends.
 

Remove the damaged railing. Measure and cut replacement side rails. Position the rails with edges flush to the tops of the posts, and attach to the posts using 2 1/2-inch deck screws.

 

Join lumber for long rails by cutting the ends at 45-degree angles. Drill 1/16-inch pilot holes to prevent the nails from splitting the end grain and attach the rails with 16d(3.5") galvanized nails (screws may split the mitered ends).

 

Attach the ends of the rails to stairway posts, flush with the edges of the posts. Drill 1/8-inch pilot holes and attach the rails with 2 ½-inch deck screws. Decorative post caps are readily available.

 

Position the cap so the edge is flush with the inside edge of the rail. Drill 1/8-inch pilot holes and attach the cap to the rail with 2 1/2-inch deck screws driven every 12 inches. Also drive the screws into each post. Bevel the ends at 45-degree angles. Drill 1/8-inch pilot holes and attach to the post using 16d(3.5") galvanized nails.

 

At corners, miter the ends of the railing cap at 45-degree angles. Drill 1/8-inch pilot holes, and attach the cap to the post with 2 1/2-inch deck screws.

 

At the top of stairs, cut the cap so that it is flush with the stairway rail. Drill 1/8-inch pilot holes and attach the cap with 2 ½-inch deck screws.

 

 
 

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Replacing a Stair Railing

 

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