first screw down the threaded metal discs at each baluster location. Next, screw the pivot- ing ball adaptor to the baluster’s corresponding location beneath the rail. Cut the metal baluster to length on a chop saw. Slide the base collar over the baluster shaft, and insert the upper tip of the baluster into the ball adaptor. Tilt the baluster down over the mounting plate, slide the base collar down over the threaded disc, then screw it firmly in place. Tighten a couple of set screws, and baluster installation is com- plete. Repeat for all balusters.
VICTORY LAP That’s the basics of this stair- rail project. We installed the guard-rail at the upper landing against the half newel using L.J. Smith’s Flush Mount Hardware, which conceals the fastener. The upper landing also got a lower shoe rail to conceal an unsightly floor/trim transition along the edge. We also installed a second- ary rail along the lower stair flight using wall-mount brackets. After the rail system is installed, you should expect a lot of touchup work, such as adding wood plugs, filling nail holes with putty, caulk- ing joints, etc. But all the time, work and attention to detail will be worth it, once you show off your new stair rail installation to friends and neighbors.
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We used L.J. Smith’s flush-mount fastener to anchor the guard rail to the half newel.
The flush-mount kit conceals the fastener, and all the other fastener holes in the rail system can be repaired with matching wood plugs.
The finished project is a thing of beauty.