How to Install Iron Balusters

Have you ever wanted to give your stairs a makeover? Consider replacing your white wooden balusters for iron balusters. There are many different styles and is a relatively cheap way to increase your stairs look and value. Here is a do it yourself way of installing iron balusters.

Steps

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    Remove the wooden balusters. Start by removing all of your existing balusters by cutting the wooden balusters through the middle and then pulling them out. Be careful because the top and bottom should have 3 nails which will need to be pull out with pliers.
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    Inspect everything. Once all of the wooden balusters are out, clean the hole and inspect the diameter of the hole left. (If the wooden balusters are on a closed stringer, holes will most likely need to be drilled).
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    Measure the iron balusters. Start by measuring the distance from the handrail down to the stair treads or stair nosing. Once you have that measurement, add 1 1/2" to the measurement to account for the holes that go into the tread or nosing.
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    Cut the iron balusters. Once you have your measurements, note that the top of the baluster is the part where the nipple or smaller round part is. Always do your cutting from the bottom. To cut the iron balusters, you will need a chop saw, band saw, or chop saw.
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    Install the iron balusters. Once you have cut your baluster, you will push the baluster into the handrail and then drop it down into the stair tread or nosing. If the baluster fits well, then continue. Make any measurement adjustments before proceeding.
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    Epoxy the balusters. Once you have your baluster in, take it out and epoxy the top hole and bottom hole. If you have shoes, put the shoes on then epoxy. After you have the first one installed, rinse and repeat until your stairs are done.

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