How to remove stair railing?

Can oak stair rails and spindles be removed?, are these screwed in? Any tips/tricks on removing them without damaging them since they need to be put back.
If they are built so the spindles must be cut at the treads to remove them, what technique to use to reattach them?
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ississauga said:

Dude, you need to go to the local library and get a few books on home improvement and general carpentry and woodworking. ;-)
But to answer your question as best as I can, some balusters are glued in, some are simply pressed in, some have nails driven crosswise into the ends where they enter the banister and stair treads.
Anyway you look at it, it going to be a PITA job! I would pick the least exposed spindle (so that any damage is more easily concealed) and look for small nails or other fasteners. If I found none, I would attempt to pull the joint apart. If it breaks and/or you see the remnants of glue, you're in trouble! You could try gently heating the joints in an attempt to soften the glue, or try a solvent, but either way, it going to be a PITA. If the joint comes apart easily, you're in luck, they are just pressed together. Good Luck!
FWIW,
Greg G.
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Piggyback - spindles are not always structural. Sometimes they're held in place by moldings applied over them. In any case, some study required to ascertain what manner of beast you're dealing with. One thing I can say with confidence, younger the staircase, more likely to be fastener-based.
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ississauga wrote:

Idea (I've never done it).
Reciprocating saw to remove. Number them as you remove.
Double end screw to attach to stair, dowel-and-glue to attach to bannister.
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