Category Archives: Installation

Stair and handrail installation methods and tricks of the trade.

Stair Makeover – Changing Newel Posts

Newel posts are the largest component of a staircase.  Because of the size and complexity of newel posts, they are also often one of the most expensive parts in the balustrade.  It is for this reason that the newel post doesn’t always match the scope and style of the railing system.  Simply put, while you… Read More »

How to Stop a Baluster from Rattling

We receive calls on a fairly regular basis from customers who want to know how to stop loose balusters from rattling. It is a common occurrence for both dowel top wood balusters and wrought iron balusters, and there is an amazingly simple solution, but I’ll get to that shortly.  First, let it be known that… Read More »

Stair Parts Glossary of Terms

Stairs and banisters in general and stair parts specifically, compose a large assortment of terms that describe the many unique components used to create these elegant architectural features.  In order to make this blog more helpful, to better assist our customers in making informed decisions and as a general information resource, we’ve created a very… Read More »

Stair Makeover: Part 1

You’re not the only thing that needs a makeover!  Actually, you probably don’t need one at all, but old, worn and outdated stairs can often use a little (or a lot) of freshening up.  Whether you want to make your home a better place to live or if you are trying to sell it, your stair and balustrades… Read More »

Adding a wood handrail to your existing iron balustrade

There are several reasons that people choose to upgrade their current system by combining wood and wrought iron railings.  If your existing balustrade is all metal, the simple addition of wood handrails can dramatically improve on the existing design with little cost and simple installation.  Wood handrails are larger, warmer to the touch, often more… Read More »

Newel Post Height

There are several methods of how to install a newel post but the first step is cutting them to the correct height.  This height depends on the standard handrail height for your balustrade which is based on the building codes for your area.  Typically floor level balustrades must be at least 36” high or 42”… Read More »