Friday, February 28, 2014

How to Repair a Metal Staircase Rail

Lag bolt 3-inch
By Gary Boutin
Supplies and Tools:  

Adjustable crescent wrench 12-inch
Lag bolt 3-inch

For my regular viewers, I am back from a little crisis that happened a few months when I crashed my personal computer. In October 2013, I started working part-time as an associate for The Home Depot. The Home Depot trains their associates very well on the building materials products which I am selling to my customers. My benefit is I learned even more for future blogs

George Morco new home had a very loose metal staircase rail which had no lag bolt on the top and the bottom bolt was pulled out of the metal railing. The lag bolt fell off from from heavy abuse. George had told me that the last renters had a huge family and they rode the metal banister from the top to the bottom. That was the reason why is was staircase was so loose. He called my repair service to repair this little job.

This post shows the three steps to repair the loose metal railing.

Step 1: Fig.1 shows the metal rail has a missing lag bolt near the rug edge and the bottom lag bolt has been pulled out because it was very loose.  
Fig.1 Lag bolts loose
Step 2: Fig.2 shows the metal leg was bent out of shape and needed to be bent back to shape to fit the existing holes.
Fig.2 Staircase rail is bent
Step 3: Fig.3 shows the two lag bolts are in place. The bottom lag bolt was placed using a 12-inch crescent wrench. The wrench needs to be at least 12-inches to get the torque to thread the lag bolt into the stair wood studs. Now the stair rail is secure for the new occupants.

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