I am not new to newsgroups, but am new to rec.woodworking... I am
contracting my own house out and I am at the stage where I am almost finish.
I need however some information and knowing how useful newsgroups have been
to me in the past, I thought I'd give this one a shot!
I am building what we in Canada (Well Windsor, On anyway) call a Raised
Ranch, which just means that the basement is only in the groud 5 feet, and 3
above, so when you walk thru the front door, you have a landing (foyer)
which you can go either upstairs or downstairs. This is rather big about
12x6. Now, above the landing on the upstairs, since it's open concept I
need to put a railing there, I want to install railings myself. Now my
problem is, I don't know if i need to install the Hardwood first then the
railings or do I install the post first then the hard wood. I want to use
rod iron for the spindles. The most important question is, How do you mount
the poles to the floor so they are strong? The joists are Pre-engineered
trusts 12" thick with 1/2 plywood on top. Any ideas?