Tool Tip: Lasers can make life easier. When positioning the handrail, I used the Bosch GLL2- 40 crossbeam laser to project a laser line the along the baluster locations marks. The plumb laser line extended up to the underside of the handrail, providing a visual indication of where the balusters should intersect the rail. The laser line helped us guide any minor adjustments to the rail position, ensuring consistent alignment in all directions.
BALUSTERS Attention DIY’ers—when it comes to plumbing the balusters along a sloped handrail, L.J. Smith offers a handy tool called the Telescoping Baluster Marking Tool. It’s equipped with a bubble level, rule and a 1/2x5/8-in. extension which extends from 28 to 42. To use, place the tool’s bottom pin in the marked baluster location on the tread. Extend the telescoping shaft up to the underside of the
L.J. Smith’s Telescoping Baluster Marking Tool makes it easy to mark the baluster locations beneath the stair rail.
Position the marking tool at the lower baluster location, center and plumb it using the bubble vial, then trigger the spring-loaded head to punch a divot at the upper baluster position.